A large bin burst into flames on a busy street in Auckland CBD this afternoon.

The large bin fire started lapping up the wall of a construction site, on Wellesley St at about 2.45pm.

Nico Mavroyannis said he was walking up the street when he noticed smoke.

"I started seeing smoke then it just went up in flames."

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Mavroyannis said some young girls started to shout out to the construction workers and even pulled rubbish out of the bin to stop the fire from spreading.

"But they gave up because it got out of control."

More to come.