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A spectacular fire stopped traffic and drew crowds of onlookers in Auckland last night.

The blaze broke out in a warehouse on the intersection of Ponsonby Road and McKelvie Street and eight appliances and two aerial appliances were used to quell it.

Firefighters were dampening down hotspots but by 11.30 the fire was out.

A man was inside the building at the time. He was taken out and treated for a minor cut to his arm.

No nearby buildings were damaged, but the warehouse roof collapsed in the centre. The Fire Service is not saying yet whether it suspects the blaze was suspicious.

Some people were convinced the fire was caused by what may have been a meteorite, which was seen from various parts of the upper North Island streaking across the sky just after 10 o';clock.

Several callers claim the light in the sky was very bright, and it was described by some as a blinding flash. Others said it was trailing smoke.

One man, Mike, says he saw the object crash with an exploding noise in the Ponsonby area, and reckons it could have started the fire.