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Epping Homemaker City targeted in arson attack

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01 Feb 2013
Three stores at Epping Homemaker City were extensively damaged by fire on Friday February 1 just before midnight.

A deliberately lit fire at the rear of Yes Furniture destroyed almost a third of the stock and caused significant structural damage to the building.  Shops on either side (including a Lincraft store) were heavily smoke-logged and both are likely to have suffered considerable stock losses.

MFB and CFA firefighters were able to use thermal imaging cameras to locate the seat of the blaze through the thick smoke but it still took almost an hour to have the fire brought under control.

Roof support beams buckled and sagged in the intense heat and the jointing between some concrete wall sections was weakened allowing them to lean precariously both inwards and outwards.

A council engineer will be called in to inspect the damage and determine the building’s structural integrity.

Building repairs and replacement of lost stock at Yes Furniture have been put at one million dollars.  This is expected to rise substantially when a full assessment of the smoke damage to adjoining stores is included.

Whilst fighting the blaze, crews noticed a separate fire in another shop nearby and quickly extinguished it. 

Police have been notified and the arson squad is expected to continue with the investigations.

MFB and CFA worked together at the fire with seven MFB and four CFA appliances on scene. There were approximately 40 firefighters at the incident.

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