Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Wellington building fire update #2

Wellington building fire update #2

Fire and Emergency can confirm multiple fatalities have occurred at the building fire in Wellington.

District Manager Commander Nick Pyatt says his thoughts are with the families of those that have been lost.

"This is a tragic event for all involved. My heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives."

There are still a number of people unaccounted for, but this number, along with the number of deaths, can not be confirmed at this time.

Crews remain on the scene this morning to complete mopping up work. There is a potential threat of roof collapse, so crews are working in a way to manage this risk.

Nick Pyatt says a fire like this is rare.

"This is a once-in-a-decade fire for Wellington. It’s the worst nightmare for us."

Welfare support will be available for all Fire and Emergency personnel involved in this incident.


For more information, please contact the Fire and Emergency New Zealand media team.


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