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Two escape fire in fast food shop on Sydney Road

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30 Apr 2014
The fire involved a two storey chicken and seafood shop with a residence above.

Crews were called to the shop on Wednesday 30 April about 9.13am.

The fire started in the flue with radiant heat setting fire to the upstairs section and large flames observed coming out the top.

A male aged in his mid-30s was asleep upstairs at the time and was awoken by the shopkeeper (also a male in his mid-30s) only after being told of the fire by a passer-by.  Both escaped uninjured. 

Fire crews took an hour to bring the blaze under control with shops on either side under threat for much of this time.

The damage to the upstairs portion of the building was extensive with the shop below also affected by smoke and water.  The repair bill has been estimated at up to $150,000.

Busy Sydney Road was closed to traffic until shortly after 1pm as a preliminary report from a council engineer indicated there was a threat of the building collapsing into the street.

A second report later determined there was no risk of structural collapse and Sydney Road was immediately reopened to traffic.


ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 6

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 22

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