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Drone shots of the Penrose factory fire that engulfed a large factory on Great South Road Penrose on Thursday night. Fire crews remain on Friday morning dampening down hot spots.
It took 50 firefighters to put out a central Auckland factory blaze now aerial footage reveals the extent of damage.
The risk that the Penrose building could collapse forced Auckland Transport to close Auckland's main north/south rail line on Friday.
Onehunga services were also suspended.
Several fire crews battled a huge blaze at an Auckland factory.
An Auckland Transport spokesman said the lines had reopened after a structural engineer inspected the Humes Pipeline Services' building.
The inspector had ruled part of the building would need to be demolished, but that could be managed without further need to keep the lines closed.
Fire damage to Humes Pipeline Services continues to keep Auckland's main north/south rail line closed at Penrose.
Rail services were diverted during Friday morning rush hour along the eastern line between Otahuhu and Britomart.
Bus services shuttled affected train passengers around the line closure.
Friday factory fire "escalated quickly"
Fire crews arrive at Sky City.
At its height the early Friday morning fire needed 13 fire engines to stop.
Northern Fire Communications Centre acting shift manager Carren Larking said the Thursday night fire "escalated quite quickly"
"We got the call to the fire at 8.35pm."
While the Penrose blaze was being fought, 11 trucks fire also rushed to the Sky City casino and hotel after a small fire was reported in the wall of a stairwell, shortly after midnight.
"We got a phone call at five minutes after midnight, saying there was smoke in one of the stairwells," Larking said.
At its height up to 50 firefighters battled the massive factory fire.
"We then got an automatic alarm activation. On arrival they did find a fire in the wall of one of the stairwells at SkyCity."
Part of one building was evacuated.
13 fire crews responded to the Humes Pipeline Services blaze in Penrose.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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