Tradies help out after deli fire
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.