Wild flames and thick black smoke billowed from a building in Turangi today as firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control.
Video supplied to 1 NEWS shows the raging inferno in the central North Island town.
A worker at Turangi Auto Centre told 1 NEWS there was a “big fire” at a property next door on Atirau Road.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand were called to the scene at 9:55am.
They sent eight fire engines and a command unit.