Busi­nesses be­gin re­build­ing af­ter fire

Re-open­ing dates for dam­aged stores im­mi­nent

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JAS­MINE MINHAS jas­mine.minhas@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

A NUM­BER of Coffs Har­bour busi­nesses are slowly get­ting back on their feet more than a fort­night af­ter fire gut­ted the premises at Park Beach Home­Base.

Free­dom Coffs Har­bour re­opened on Thurs­day af­ter re­plac­ing all smoke-dam­aged stock.

“The shop has been pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned and now we’re up and ready,” man­ager Richard Elford said.

“For our store it was purely smoke dam­age, so no wa­ter or fire dam­age. In the scheme of things we’re lucky we had been closed for only two weeks.

“Con­sid­er­ing the dam­age that has hap­pened to the other re­tail­ers we got off fairly lucky.”

The blaze, which took place on the night of Septem­ber 27, di­rectly af­fected three busi­nesses and a row of stores were af­fected by smoke and wa­ter dam­age.

The fire was found to be burn­ing at a back work­shop room at Bat­tery World.

The bat­ter­ies in­side the build­ing meant the fire was “quite toxic”, ac­cord­ing to Fire and Res­cue NSW Mid North Coast duty com­man­der In­spec­tor Tony Len­thall.

Early Set­tler has con­firmed they’ll be mov­ing the store to an­other premises, but has not con­firmed the new lo­ca­tion yet.

Bat­tery World is cur­rently op­er­at­ing at Druitt Court and has not yet set a re-open­ing date for their Home­Base store.

At the time of pub­lish­ing, Of­fice­works and Adairs had not set re-open­ing dates ei­ther.

CON­SID­ER­ING THE DAM­AGE THAT HAS HAP­PENED TO THE OTHER RE­TAIL­ERS WE GOT OFF FAIRLY LUCKY. RICHARD ELFORD, FREE­DOM COFFS HAR­BOUR MAN­AGER.

Photo: Free­dom Coffs Har­bour/Face­book

BACK IN BUSI­NESS: Free­dom has re-opened this week. IN­SET: The Ad­vo­cate front page.

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