Suspicious fire breaks out at Anglican church in West Auckland

Three fire appliances are attending a suspicious fire at the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Auckland.

A Fire and Emergency spokeswoman said they received a call about the fire at Moire Rd in Massey at 2.25pm.

The fire is suspicious and the second one this week, according to a police officer at a cordon set up at Moire Rd.

A woman who lives across the road said she saw smoke coming from the back of the church, which is being renovated.

She said the fire had been put out and there did not appear to be much damage.

A couple of nights ago, she said the fire brigade turned up at the church and last night there was a series of fire crackers going off, “a lot of them”.

In December last year, a fire seriously damaged the historic 141-year-old St Stephens Church in Ponsonby.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen from as far away as Auckland’s North Shore.

More details to come.

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