A derelict part of a Porirua shopping centre is being treated as a likely crime scene after it was burned down in a late-night fire.
Stuff reported about 40 firefighters and 11 fire engines were needed to quell the blaze at the former site of the Graffiti Bar, in Mentor Lane, Cannons Creek, which began about 11pm on Sunday,
Paul Wahid, who runs the nearby SuperValu store, says the site had attracted trouble, with children climbing on to the buildings and getting inside.
Centre chief executive Liz Kelly Kelly says the area has attracted young people who go there to smoke.
The fire caused a power outage, which was still affecting the shops into Monday.
One witness said he was working in the store on Sunday night when the blaze started at the front of the building nearby and smoke filled the sky.
He says "It was burning very well by the time crews got there and had spread to an adjoining building."
A fire investigator was there on Monday.