Emergency services spent three hours at the Hawke's Bay Opera House last night after a fire was lit inside the building.

Hastings Senior Station Officer, Mike Peachey said they were notified of the fire about 10.15pm, by a crew attending a different fire job in Hastings.

He said all resources in the area had gone towards putting out the fire.

Nine appliances attended the scene on Hastings St.

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Fire and Emergency crews were seen battling the blaze last night. Photo / Adam Codlin
Fire and Emergency crews were seen battling the blaze last night. Photo / Adam Codlin

The fire was on the ground floor of the three-storey building, behind the stage area.

"It was quite well-contained due to the construction of the building," Peachey said.

It's understood most of the damage was smoke-related.

A police spokeswoman said they were flagged down by a member of the public who noticed smoke coming out of the roof.

Nine fire appliances spent three hours battling the blaze at the Hawke's Bay Opera House. Photo / Adam Codlin
Nine fire appliances spent three hours battling the blaze at the Hawke's Bay Opera House. Photo / Adam Codlin

She said their role was to assist Fire and Emergency crews.

"We are working with fire to determine the cause."

Last year the government invested $4 million towards the cost of earthquake-proofing the Opera House.

Reconstruction of the building is ongoing.

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