Traffic is at a standstill in the central Auckland suburb of Parnell as firefighters work to contain a fire.

The fire broke out near Parnell Gallery shortly after midday.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman Paul Radden said the fire was in the roof of a 30 by 40 metre building.

"I would imagine there would be some traffic disruption as we have 8 crews in attendance," Radden said.

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The fire service were notified of the blaze around midday, and arrived at the scene shortly after.