Fire rips through lo­cal shop

Midland Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

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.crimestop­per­ au.

Har­vester Frozen Foods co-own­ers Abu Matthew and Biju Paulose out­side the gut­ted store.

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