Match Factory up in flames
A structure fire has ripped through the beloved Match Factory on Saturday with seven Department of Emergency services and volunteer fire brigade teams deployed managing to extinguish the fire by 9.15pm.
The blaze began at about 5.15pm and wasn’t under control for four hours as Police closed Kent street.
Smoke could be seen wafting above the cherished op shop for hundreds of metres with onlookers stopping to wonder at the blaze which spread through the whole building.
A DFES spokesperson said the fire caused $300,000 worth of damage but was not considered suspicious however, the cause of the fire was still undetermined.
The Match Factory Chairperson Yvonne Robinson said the building would be fenced off for safety and the contents had been insured.
“We are experiencing a lot of grief for the loss of a beautiful old building, people loved its character and there has been a humbling outpouring of support from the community,” she said.
A morning tea was held at 9am this morning at the Uniting Church were 60 volunteers and staff discussed a way forward.
“We are confident that by the end of the week we will have identified an appropriate temporary location to continue trading,” Mrs Robinson said.
“Once power and water are restored to the rear of the building we will re-open the low cost food shop but for now collection bins and donations have been closed.”
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