Strong support for owners of business affected by fire
“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.