A view of Wadestone in Wellington, New Zealand, February 9, 2019. (Photo: VCG)
A group of 36 people escaped unharmed from a massive 11-level marae fire in Wellington in the early hours of Sunday.
One firefighter was injured and taken to hospital battling a fierce blaze that razed Wellington's Tapu Te Ranga Marae overnight.
A total of 70 firefighters were called to fight the massive fire at the urban marae at Island Bay at 12:30 am Sunday local time.
The 11-level, wooden meeting building from the 1970s in the marae complex was burned to the ground and other buildings were also damaged in the fire.
A number of neighboring houses to the north of the marae complex were evacuated, according to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
Located in Island Bay, Wellington, the Maori-styled marae was founded by New Zealand fiction writer Bruce Stewart and is now listed as a heritage site.