27 Jan 2016

Fire at central Auckland restaurant

8:18 am on 27 January 2016

A fire at an Auckland city centre bistro forced the evacuation of a hotel this morning.

O'Connell's Bistro

O'Connell's Bistro Photo: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

An alarm which went off at Hotel de Bretts in O'Connell Street alerted firefighters to smoke at O'Connell's Bistro.

Bistro owner Chris Upton said the kitchen was destroyed and there was damage to dining areas.

He says a fire investigator was looking at what caused the fire, but it is suspected to be an electrical fault.

Six fire crews arrived around 4am at the scene.