Fire rips through local shop
HARVESTER Frozen Foods in Midland was gutted by a suspicious fire last week ahead of one of the busiest days of the year.
WA Police said Department of Fire and Emergency Services and police were called to the fire shortly after 9.30pm last Thursday, which caused extensive structural damage to the building.
Co-owner Abu Matthew, who has owned the business on Great Eastern Highway for 18 months, was grateful the business was insured.
Mr Matthew said the day before Good Friday was traditionally one of the busiest days of the year.
“We have lost $90,000 worth of frozen goods. Police have said the fire started in the freezer,” he said.
“The ceilings are all black and the air smells like smoke and chemicals.
“Our priority is fixing everything, which will hopefully be done in a couple of days and we can return to normal.”
Anyone with information about the fire, or who saw any suspicious vehicles or persons in the area between 9.30pm and 10.30pm, can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com. au.
Harvester Frozen Foods co-owners Abu Matthew and Biju Paulose outside the gutted store.