Fast- act­ing firies con­tain blaze as stu­dio faces dis­as­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

THE in­tro­duc­tion of ID scan­ners at night- life hot spots across Queens­land has been hailed a suc­cess fol­low­ing the first night of op­er­a­tion.

Al­most 90,000 par­ty­go­ers had their de­tails recorded at 180 venues in 15 precincts across the state on Satur­day.

At­tor­ney- Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath said only seven peo­ple un­suc­cess­fully tried to breach a ban­ning or­der, while po­lice is­sued an­other 35.

“Those 35 ban­ning no­tices would’ve been show­ing up on ev­ery ID scan­ner sys­tem in a li­censed venue across the state, within those safe night precincts, within an hour,” she said yes­ter­day.

Those rev­ellers were in Rock­hamp­ton, the Gold Coast and Bris­bane’s For­ti­tude Val­ley.

Ms D’Ath said there were also no sex­ual as­saults and just three as­saults recorded in those ar­eas.

“This is sig­nif­i­cantly down from pre­vi­ous num­bers,” she said.

Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Brent Carter said just 50 peo­ple were ar­rested for drunken of­fences.

“It’s a real change in be­hav­iour,” he said yes­ter­day.

“Based on last night I have a great deal of con­fi­dence we’re go­ing to see a good re­duc­tion in vi­o­lence.” OWN­ERS of a North Ward weight loss stu­dio will be sift­ing through the ashes of their busi­ness to­day to see if they can re­cover any­thing fol­low­ing a de­struc­tive fire.

Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the Hy­poxi Body Stu­dio about 1pm yes­ter­day to find smoke bil­low­ing out of the front doors, be­fore smash­ing their way in to find it well alight.

The Bun­dock St busi­ness sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant smoke, fire and wa­ter dam­age. Act­ing Townsville Sta­tion Of­fi­cer Tris­tan Giles said the dam­age was con­tained to the one shopfront, thanks to quick work from the fire­fight­ers.

“We ar­rived to find Hy­poxi Body Stu­dio on fire; we had to make en­try through the front doors, force our way in and had two teams at­tack the fire and knock it down very quickly,” he said.

“Given the na­ture of the build­ing and that it has two ad­join­ing prop­er­ties that was def­i­nitely a big con­cern, mak­ing sure that we con­tained the fire as quickly as we could.

“At this stage it looks like it started near the front desk; how­ever, we don’t re­ally know what started it or how long it had been burn­ing. There’s ex­ten­sive dam­age. The whole shop will more than likely need to be re­done, at a guess.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are ex­pected to con­tinue work­ing to­day to find the cause of the blaze.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

LOST: Fire­fight­ers at the scene of a blaze yes­ter­day that de­stroyed a North Ward weight loss busi­ness.

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