Dozens of firefighters are battling a fire that broke out tonight at the Countdown Supermarket in Westcity Mall in West Auckland. Video / Haley Rainer
The West Auckland supermarket was a major fire service center last night and could close for up to a week after its chip caught fire in the aisle.
The supermarket says the building will not reopen until it is safe for employees and customers – they believe it will be in the next five to seven to seven days.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the blaze as work is underway to reopen the building.
About 60 firefighters were called to the scene Thursday night in Countdown Henderson inside Westcity Mall.
This hell is considered part of the global dictatorial frenzy; A supermarket worker talked to Herald about online videos of chip pockets being set up.
The social media “challenge” has already caused at least one major supermarket fire in the United States.
In an email sent to customers, he said all the workers in the store were OK during the supermarket fire and continued to provide ample support.
The note states that any food that cannot be saved will be donated by its food recovery partners, Fairfoot.
The rest of the mall – some businesses near the supermarket – were open today. A police officer was on guard outside the supermarket, where a makeshift gate was set up.
The aisle where the fire started was left black and debris was found near the entrance.
A Countdown spokesman said the supermarket provided CCTV footage from the store to help police investigate the crime.
“We will reopen the store when it is safe for our team and customers. We hope it will be in the next five to seven days.”
A police spokesman said “good progress” has been made with investigations into the incident, but no arrests have been made.
They said they could not comment further for operational reasons.
The Herald understands that young people were involved in the chip aisle fire last night.
Detective Sergeant Ryan Bunting confirmed that the fire was presumed to be on fire, but would not speak specifically about the supermarket staff’s claims that it was linked to the Dictok challenge.
A worker at a store near the countdown said flames had blown three meters into the air.
A shopkeeper who was paying for his groceries at the time was able to feel the heat from the flames as he paid for his card.