New Zealand’s World Cup women’s soccer team was forcibly removed from a hotel in Auckland on Saturday after a fire broke out there.
Players and staff of the Football Ferns are all unharmed after being rushed outside.
This national team is currently staying at the Pullman Hotel in downtown Auckland as they take part in the Women’s World Cup.
It is not yet clear what caused the fire at the hotel. However, the emergency services do not suspect foul play at this stage.
The spokesman for the local emergency services told AFP that some guests were treated for smoke inhalation, but no one was seriously injured.
A hotel staff member said smoke was reported on the upper floors of the hotel, but the situation was quickly brought under control.
New Zealand won the opening match of the tournament 1-0 against Norway on Thursday.
Eight teams currently remain in Auckland for the tournament – New Zealand, USA, Vietnam, Argentina, Norway, Philippines, Portugal and Italy.