4th July 2007

Streets in the Upper Hutt city centre remained cordoned off after a major fire in a building in Main Street on Wednesday morning.

Six appliances battled the blaze in what is thought to be a building used for storage next to the Hallensteins store.

The blaze was under control by midday but it was not clear how much damage has been done.

Thick, black smoke was billowing out onto the streets and neighbouring shops were evacuated.