Riding to the rescue Quick-thinking cafe worker alert to fire
A TWIST of fate and a quick thinking employee has helped save Sheridan St cafe The Flying Monkey from a fire.
Cafe worker Jamie Blauw said she decided to ride her bike to work yesterday despite the morning rain.
But when she went to lock her bike up at the back of the cafe about 6am she saw something wasn’t right.
“From where I was standing I had a clear shot of the laundry room and I could see a bit of the fire,” she said.
“The fire had started falling down from the shelf.
“We called the fire brigade at that point.”
Ms Blauw said it was sheer luck she was in the right place at the right time.
“I thought that it was good that I saw it when I did because when the fire brigade came they were pulling bits of cardboard and plastic away.
“There were a lot of things that could have made the fire grow really big if we hadn’t caught it.”
The Flying Monkey owner Jo Hammond said she felt extremely grateful that Miss Blauw managed to spot the fire before it was too late.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said it was the second fire reported within minutes on Sheridan St.
“We got the call for a structure fire at 5.51am at 202 Sheridan St, and another one at 6.04am, which was from The Flying Monkey,” he said.
“We sent two full crews and a technical rescue crew to the first job, and then one of those crews went straight from there to the cafe.
“They were able to extinguish the fire straight away.”
Police also attended the fires and are investigating.
The Flying Monkey Cafe was devastated by a fire in 2013, just a month after first opening.
The shop was slated for demolition after the fire, however its previous owners managed to salvage it.
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QUICK ACTIONS: Staff member of the Flying Monkey Cafe Jamie Blauw at the cafe's amenity block, which was on fire as she arrived early for work.