Tradies help out af­ter deli fire

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MES­SAGES and ges­tures of sup­port have been pour­ing in for the own­ers and staff of Marino’s Deli, which was gut­ted by fire in the early hours of Fri­day, March 7.

Lo­cal res­i­dents and trades­peo­ple who reg­u­larly visit the deli helped to clean up at a work­ing bee on Satur­day. The Roberto’s posted on their Face­book page that the boys from the Ta­ble of Wis­dom turned up “with their utes, tools and enthusiasm and got the shop cleaned out”.

“Thank you from the bot­tom of our hearts,” they said.

Fire broke out at the pop­u­lar deli in the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre shortly be­fore mid­night on Thurs­day.

Marino’s own­ers Marino and Yvonne Roberto were no­ti­fied via a call from po­lice at about mid­night.

Yvonne Roberto said the cou­ple made their way straight to the deli, “but it was al­ready fin­ished by the time we ar­rived”.

Mrs Roberto said at this stage the fire was be­lieved to have been caused by an elec­tri­cal fault but in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still un­der­way. “We’re both dev­as­tated,” she said. “And I feel re­ally bad for my staff too.” Mrs Roberto said both she and her hus­band were ex­tremely grate­ful for the level of com­mu­nity sup­port pro­vided in this most dif­fi­cult of times.

Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre man­ager Theresa Man­ning also ex­pressed her sorrow at the tragedy, which af­fected sur­round­ing ten­ants, some sus­tain­ing smoke dam­age and all need­ing elec­tri­cal help or checks.

Ms Man­ning said be­cause the shops in this sec­tion were all in­ter-con­nected elec­tri­cally, checks were con­ducted in con­junc­tion with Er­gon En­ergy to en­sure each ten­ancy was safe.

Marino’s will be op­er­at­ing from the shop­ping cen­tre’s for­mer Dizzy Lizzy cafe be­tween Coles and the Post Of­fice un­til the orig­i­nal shop is re­built.

HELP­ING HANDS: Max Macintyre, Jaco Pre­to­ri­ous, Bert Willemse, Linda Tre­visi, Steve Brooks, Andy Pear­son (back), own­ers Yvonne and Marino Roberto (cen­tre), Jett Pan­nan, Tony Lo­gan and Car­men Pan­nan were all at Marino’s Deli on Satur­day morn­ing to help clean up af­ter the fire overnight on Thurs­day.

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