Today the streets of Auckland Central were at a stand still as fire and black smoke engulfed the blue sky.
Passers by including myself looked on in awe and took pictures as the roof of the Skycity Convention Centre went up in flames.
There is a raging and unstoppable burning fire tonight.
Civil defence have issued an emergency alert to all mobile phones across the city. We are being told to stay indoors and away from the toxic smoke.
Tonight will be restless from some, as firefighters carry on through the night.
The fire burns on, hard and fast.