The fire fighter injured in yesterday’s Hutt Road blaze has been sent to the national burns unit in Auckland.
Radio New Zealand reports that he suffered serious burns to his back and arms.
The Fire Service is beginning an investigation into how he was injured.
News from NZ Fire Service – August 23
A Wellington firefighter was injured while attending a fire in Petone this afternoon. He has been admitted to Hutt Hospital. The Fire Service is providing support and assistance to the man and his family.
In the meantime, as is standard in these situations, a review of the firefighting operation will be carried out to look at what happened. A separate investigation will also be carried out into the cause of the fire.
No one else was injured in the in the fire.
News from NZ Police at 4.35pm
The Fire Service are fighting a large fire at a factory on the Hutt Road in Petone.
Traffic is being diverted around the area of the fire, either via Riddlers Crescent or Udy Street in Petone.
There should be no disruption to any commuters travelling on the Western Hutt Road at this time.
However people should refrain from ‘rubber necking’ to enable optimum traffic flow as we approach peak traffic time.
Police are asking people to avoid this area to allow for emergency services to deal with the incident as best they can.
Radio New Zealand reports that more than a dozen fire engines and 60 firefighters are at the scene, and a fireman has been injured.