The lat­est on the fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion from the Queens­land Police:

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

AS soon as the ashes were cool enough to walk on in­ves­ti­ga­tors were on the ground at the scene of Sun­day night’s in­ferno.

Police, in­surance and Queens­land Fire and Res­cue in­ves­ti­ga­tors scoured the

rub­ble for any clue that may shed light on the rea­son for the ig­ni­tion of the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon at about 3.30pm the Queens­land Police with­drew from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­clud­ing there was no ev­i­dence

to in- di­cate the fire had been de­lib­er­ately lit.

At that time de­mo­li­tion crews had al­ready be­gun to col­lapse the south­ern wall and Is­land Dr

re­mains closed to all traf­fic – in­clud­ing pedes­trian – in prepa­ra­tion for the de­mo­li­tion of the west­ern wall of the tar­get build­ing.

It is not known when shops un­af­fected by fire will be given the chance to re­open. Most stores have been with­out power since Sun­day night.

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