Large blaze destroys part of Cook Islands resort

A large blaze has destroyed a portion of the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa in the Cook Islands.

An eyewitness posted images of the blaze on Facebook, reporting that it has gutted several units and an on-site restaurant at the resort.

The NZ Herald reports that a worker from the nearby Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas told them the fire started around 5pm and the blaze in now contained.

The resort is separated from the main island meaning fire engines cannot access it.

Large fire at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa. Source: Annita Cyprien Drollet