Blaze de­stroys ware­house

Mercury (Hobart) - - FOOTY FEVER - PA­TRICK BILLINGS

A VA­CANT two-storey Moonah prop­erty which burst into flames yes­ter­day af­ter­noon has been com­pletely de­stroyed.

The in­ferno at the brick ware­house in Charles St broke out just after 3pm amid windy con­di­tions.

A Moonah busi­ness next door was forced to evac­u­ate.

Fire crews ar­rived to find the build­ing fully en­gulfed, and took about an hour and a half to bring the blaze un­der con­trol.

Brian Hevey, who runs next door’s Handa So­lu­tions, said it was a close call for his build­ing.

“Our build­ing was ab­sol- utely def­i­nitely threat­ened. It was time to worry be­cause the build­ing next door is two sto- reys and the flames were blow­ing hor­i­zon­tally,” he said.

“We’ve had to evac­u­ate our premises, can­cel out ac­tiv­ity for this af­ter­noon but we got every­one out OK.”

A fire watch was es­tab­lished at the prop­erty and an on-site ex­am­i­na­tion is ex­pected to com­pleted to­day by the Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice and Foren­sic Ser­vices. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause will con­tinue this morn­ing.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the fire or who ob­served any­one in the area at the time is asked to con­tact Crime Stop­pers.

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