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Cause of large blaze at Christchurch pizza and pastry factor last month identified

An electrical fault has been identified as the cause of a massive inferno that destroyed the Christchurch factory of New Zealand’s leading manufacturer for pastry and supermarket pizzas.

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Romano Foods went up in flames early this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesperson confirmed the cause in a statement this afternoon.

“We’ve confirmed the failure of one of the factory's electrical switch gear was to blame for the fire,” the statement said.

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An early morning blaze has wrecked the Christchurch factory, and prompted a health warning for those with asthma and heart disease. Source: 1 NEWS

The 2,000 square metre Romanos Foods facility on Foundry Ave, Hillsborough went up in flames around 1am on March 30, before 11 fire crews from around the city were called to the blaze.

Before the blaze, the factory was capable of producing more than 30,000 pizzas a day for supermarkets across New Zealand.