A fire in central Hamilton leaves the floor of a commercial building badly damaged

Firefighters entered a smoking floor of the Waikato Farmers Trust building through a window using a ladder truck.

Kelly Hodel

Firefighters entered a smoking floor of the Waikato Farmers Trust building through a window using a ladder truck.

A fire in the Hamilton Farmer’s Trust central building has been extinguished but left extensive damage to one floor.

Firefighters battled the blaze with responders breaking windows to gain access via a ladder.

Smoke was seen pouring from the second floor or third level, causing the streets to be closed.

Waikato Group manager Alan Doherty said firefighters were called to a well-involved fire at the multi-storey building on London St at 3.45pm.

Emergency services were called to a fire at the Federated Farmers Building in London St Hamilton on Tuesday.

Kelly Hodel

Emergency services were called to a fire at the Federated Farmers Building in London St Hamilton on Tuesday.

He said several administration or office rooms were set on fire and there was extensive smoke damage throughout that level of the building.

It was not known what caused the fire, but there would be an investigation.

Two pumps and an aerial fire truck first arrived on the scene and called for reinforcements. Eight fire engines eventually rushed to the scene.

Firefighters assess building in London St, Hamilton

Kelly Hodel

Firefighters assess building in London St, Hamilton

The fire was put out by 5 p.m. and firefighters were working on ventilating the building, he said.

Two firefighters were seen being lifted to the windows by a fire truck with a ladder.

They smashed the glass of the windows with a pole as colleagues entered from the front of the building.

Firefighters use a breathing apparatus at the Waikato Farmers Trust Building on London St.

KELLY HODEL/STUFF

Firefighters use a breathing apparatus at the Waikato Farmers Trust Building on London St.

A group of people who worked in the building said they were evacuated, believing it was a false alarm.

They had no idea what caused the fire and said there were kitchens on each floor, but not on the side of the building from which smoke was seen pouring.

The tow truck towed a car that was parked above the fire hydrant.

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