Rid­ing to the res­cue Quick-think­ing cafe worker alert to fire

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - DANAELLA WIVELL danaella.wivell@news.com.au

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.

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