A month after the Ponsonby school fire, residents are still unable to return to their homes due to asbestos contamination, Stuff reports. The blaze broke out in a technology block at Ponsonby Intermediate School on December 8, 2020. Auckland Council later said there were no risks to the neighbourhood as the burnt building had been cordoned off. However, residents of nearby Sheehan St received letters from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) the following day, asking them to leave their homes due to the spread of asbestos in the neighbourhood.