Auckland's SkyCity Hotel was evacuated this morning after smoke was detected.

Smoke billowed out of vents on the side of the building on Victoria St, as hundreds of confused onlookers watched about 15 firefighters work to stop the smoke.

Smoke can be seen billowing from SkyCity. Photo / Luke Kirkness
Smoke can be seen billowing from SkyCity. Photo / Luke Kirkness

SkyCity spokeswoman Rebecca Foote said smoke had been detected in the hotel's generator room and the hotel was evacuated as a precaution. Sky Tower was not evacuated.

Two fire trucks are on scene with around 15 firefighters working to put out the fire. Photo / Luke Kirkness
Two fire trucks are on scene with around 15 firefighters working to put out the fire. Photo / Luke Kirkness

Foote said workers were testing a generator that had problems this year.

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"We were testing that it had been fixed but obviously not," she said.