An industrial fire continues to burn into the night at a New Plymouth scrap metal yard after a crane brought down power lines and ignited scrub.
Firefighters are still battling the blaze at Molten Metals yard on Centennial Drive, after they were notified just before 5pm today.
The fire had spread from grass to rubber and other malt and metal materials on the site, Fire and Emergency comms shift manager Belinda Beets said.
Around 10pm tonight, Fire Services revealed the driver of the crane had just been released from his compartment after being trapped for hours.
It had been deemed too dangerous to extract the driver from the crane with electrical currents from the downed power lines entangled in the scene of the accident.
There is also ongoing concern about the proximity of the fire to Shell Todd natural gas storage facility which is located right next to the metal yard blaze.
New Plymouth locals are being advised to stay indoors and close their windows to avoid breathing in the toxic smoke.
Police said in a statement they have cordoned off Centennial Drive and are redirecting traffic.
There is also a police presence on Ngamoto Rd and it is advised members of the public avoid the area.
The fire at Molten Metals has sent billowing clouds of dark smoke over the city and out to sea.
Fire Services said there are 12 appliances, two water truck pumps and a command unit at the scene fighting the blaze as well as several other support vehicles from Waitara, Oakura and New Plymouth West in attendance.
There have also been complications with containing the blaze due to downed power lines and the New Plymouth power authority is in attendance.