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Firefighters have extinguished a chemical fire outside a packhouse and orchard in Hastings.

Pallets outside a building on Norton Road went up in flames just after midday, central fire communications relieving shift manager Chris Dalton said.

The hazardous substances unit was called after 20kg of copper based fungicide was found near the pallets.

The chemical, believed to be used as a fertiliser, was extinguished and was put into barrels and taken away, Mr Dalton said.

No one was injured in the fire.

- NZPA