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A fire at a large Placemakers hardware store in Whitianga is now out.

Fire crews from around the Coromandel had been fighting the fire, which started after 8.30pm tonight, said northern fire communications shift manager Scott Osmond.

The fire was now out and fire crews were dampening down hot spots.

Three fire crews remained at the scene, said Mr Osmond.

No one was inside the building, which was on Joan Gaskell Drive.

- NZPA