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Timaru ship blaze still not out

Fire crews battling ablaze on board a fishing boat in Timaru port. Photo: RNZ / Supplied

Fire and Emergency are continuing efforts to extinguish a fire in Timaru’s harbour with a team of eight firefighters at the scene of the blaze.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s area commander Steven Greenyer says the fire is not out but under control.

"We are doing everything we can to extinguish the fire and ensure public safety," he says.

"At the moment our focus is still on cooling the sides of the ship down and we will reassess the situation in a few hours to decide whether or not we can enter the ship to start dealing with the fire from the inside."

Mr Greenyer says the crew are currently operating one tug boat around the ship to help with cooling the sides.

"We are also operating one hose line inside of the ship and may look at extending that further on board when we reassess the situation."

All road cordons have been opened except the road that leads directly to the fuel terminal.

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