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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