Fire and Emergency crews have been called to a separate job just down the road from the massive SkyCity inferno.
Police confirmed they had been notified of a fire job at the Barclays building on Albert St, with smoke reported in the building.
It was not clear if there was a fire, a spokeswoman said.
An elderly couple who were staying at the Barclay told the Herald they evacuated when they heard the alarm go off but were unsure if there was a fire.
A witness said there were now five fire trucks at the scene and firefighters are going into the Barclay Suites with what appeared to be oxygen tanks in their backs.
More to come.