Update on fire from Fire and Emergency

Smoke can be seen billowing in the air

Smoke can be seen billowing in the air

Traffic in Auckland's CBD is gridlocked after main roads and motorway onramps were closed because of a huge fire at SkyCity Convention Centre.

Some 23 fire trucks from across greater Auckland had responded to the blaze, Fire and Emergency New Zealand said in a statement, after it received multiple calls to report flames.

- Carlos Caro (@charlycharly23) October 22, 2019SkyCity Convention Centre ablaze in #Auckland city.

The St. John ambulance service said it took one person to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition in the late afternoon, about three hours after the fire began.

Thick black smoke billowing from the building can be seen across the city.

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Fire is really building.

With a floor area of over 85,000 sq m, the NZ$703 million (S$615 million) SkyCity Convention Centre is considered to be the biggest building project underway in New Zealand.

They are urging motorists to avoid the Auckland CBD area and asking members of the public to stay away from the cordons. Plans include a new 300-room hotel being built next to the centre.

Shares were down 4% at 2.30pm, about 90 minutes after the fire started, before rallying a little.

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