Trad­ing af­ter fire


Cromwell Su­per Liquor is back up and run­ning af­ter a New Year’s Day fire en­gulfed it.

The blaze ripped through the build­ing about 8pm, forc­ing one staff mem­ber to flee and caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

The Gate gen­eral man­ager Glen Chris­tiansen got the store open and trad­ing again the fol­low­ing day.

‘‘It looks worse than it was,’’ he said.

Part of the roof col­lapsed in the north­east cor­ner of the build­ing, while the en­tire ceil­ing suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant smoke dam­age.

Chris­tiansen said re­pairs would be ex­pen­sive.

‘‘It will be a de­cent bill.’’ Cromwell Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade chief fire of­fi­cer Steve Shaw said the blaze started from out­side the build­ing.

Investigators had ruled out an elec­tri­cal fault or any other in­ter­nal cause, he said.

It was also not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

‘‘The cause is a lit­tle bit un­known,’’ Shaw said. ‘‘We can’t be ab­so­lutely pos­i­tive of what caused it ... [but] it started from out­side the build­ing and against the build­ing.’’

The fo­cal area had a lot of rub­bish kept in the vicin­ity, he said.

When crews ar­rived, ‘‘full smoke’’ was com­ing out from the back of the build­ing and through the top of the roof, Shaw said on New Year’s Day.

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