Fire crews delayed by possible drone sighting

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A reported drone sighting delayed a helicopter being sent to a fire in Coromandel this afternoon.

Four fire crews and a helicopter have now extinguished the scrub fire at Hahei Beach on the East Coast.

A spokesperson for Fire and Emergency said at its height the blaze at the popular holiday spot covered about half-a-hectare.

He said reports of a possible drone sighting near the fire meant the helicopter could not respond straight away.

But, once the scene was given the all-clear, the helicopter went in.

Crews are still at the scene dampening down any hotspots.

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