5 Aug 2015

Four rescued from roof in Auckland fire

11:50 am on 5 August 2015

Firefighters plucked four people from the roof of a burning building in South Auckland this morning.

Otara fire

Investigators remain at the property. Photo: RNZ/Gill Bonnett

The fire broke out in flats above the main shopping centre in Bairds Road in Otara this morning.

Firefighters used aerial appliances with ladders to rescue four girls.

They were not injured, and neighbours said they had been sleeping on the roof of the flats, which are above a clothes shop.

Windows of the flat are broken and the police are still examining the scene.

The blaze did not spread to adjoining buildings, or to shops beneath the second-floor flat.