Millions lost in laundry fire
AN industrial laundry that supplies linen to Hamilton Island went up in flames in Cannonvale during the early hours of Thursday, April 10.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) spokesman said at 12.45am there were multiple triple 0 calls made "reporting flames, smoke and explosions", at Barrier Reef Linen on Carlo Drive.
Four crews, two each from Airlie Beach and Proserpine, attended the fire which took four hours to contain.
Acting Station Officer for the Airlie Beach Fire Station, Kevin Tomas, said there were 17 fire-fighters on the ground as well as Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) personnel and Queensland Police.
He said fire-fighters entered the compound and conducted fire suppression, but were unable to enter the building itself due to the level of heat, flames and heavy smoke.
Station Officer Tomas said all the emergency services worked extremely well together to contain the blaze, under what he de- scribed as “extreme circumstances”.
He also thanked the local SES who provided lighting and manpower.
Police have confirmed the fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Officer in Charge of the Whitsunday Station, Acting Senior Sergeant Brad Teys said the fire appeared to have started from a load of hot linen in the back of a Nissan prime-mover truck parked on the compound.
“But inquiries are still being conducted,” he said.
Detective John Kent from the Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) said the cost of the damage would “run into the millions”. Barrier Reef Linen owner Rod Flynn said this was one of the most state-ofthe art linen plants in Australia.
“It’s designed around Hamilton Island’s needs and it’s the only one in the world that 100 per cent tracks all its linen with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips,” he said. Mr Flynn said the plant did about 48 tonnes of linen for Hamilton Island per week. He said he intended to rebuild and in the meantime would be servicing his client through Barrier Reef Linen’s operation in Gladstone.
AFTERMATH: The damage to Cannonvale's Great Barrier Reef Linen, totally destroyed by fire, is predicted to run into the millions of dollars.