Strong sup­port for own­ers of busi­ness af­fected by fire

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sharon Small­wood

“GUT­TED.” This was how Ad­vanced Wind­screens owner Louis Greyven­steyn felt af­ter find­ing his busi­ness had burnt to the ground on Satur­day night.

Mr Greyven­steyn, who has owned the busi­ness on the Bruce High­way at Proser­pine with his wife Lee since 2009, ar­rived on site shortly af­ter 11.30pm.

By then, the blaze, which was spot­ted at about 10.15pm by one of the em­ploy­ees liv­ing nearby, had al­ready done its worst.

“It was all fin­ished – gone,” Mr Greyven­steyn said.

“The po­lice had bar­ri­caded it and they were do­ing their in­spec­tions.”

Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Proser­pine Sta­tion Act­ing Sergeant Ti­mothy Far­ran said po­lice were not treat­ing the fire as sus­pi­cious.

“But de­tec­tives are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing to find the cause of the fire,” he said.

Mr Greyven­steyn said at this stage it ap­peared the fire may have been elec­tri­cal, pos­si­bly caused by some sort of short af­ter last week’s heavy rain.

On the bright side, he said he and his wife were over­whelmed by the com­mu­nity sup­port they re­ceived – from words of sym­pa­thy to much, much more. “Ev­ery­one that’s heard about it has phoned to find out how we are,” he said.

“The help from ev­ery­one has been amaz­ing.”

Mr Greyven­steyn said he and his wife in­tended to carry on and be up and run­ning as soon as pos­si­ble.

The cou­ple are cur­rently look­ing for new premises and un­til then will work from a con­tainer in the back­yard of the ex­ist­ing space.

GUT­TED: Ad­vanced Wind­screens owner Louis Greyven­steyn at the site of his burnt-out busi­ness on Mon­day.

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