Pho­tog­ra­pher com­mem­o­rates Wem­b­ley Downs fire

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A PHO­TO­GRAPHIC ex­hi­bi­tion marked 10 years since fire de­stroyed a Wem­b­ley Downs shop­ping cen­tre.

The fire ripped through The Downs Shop­ping Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 19, 2008, caus­ing sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars of dam­age and gut­ting shops.

Neigh­bour Richard Good­win was one of the first on the scene and took dozens of pho­to­graphs of the in­ci­dent and the af­ter­math. He col­lated his im­ages into a dis­play at the cen­tre to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the blaze.

The cen­tre was re­built in 2010 but Mr Good­win said the fire shocked the com­mu­nity.

“The loss of a place that also acted as a so­cial hub was hard-felt,” he said.

“The pas­tor at the neigh­bour­ing Church of Christ or­gan­ised a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing the fol­low­ing Sun­day so peo­ple could come to­gether in sup­port of the shop­keep­ers and each other.

“In the weeks and months that fol­lowed, I pho­tographed the charred re­mains of the build­ing and later the clean up.”

The pho­tos have been do­nated to the City of Stir­ling’s lo­cal his­tory cen­tre.­mu­ni­ d488072

Richard Good­win with some of the pho­to­graphs he took as fire tore through The Downs Shop­ping Cen­tre 10 years ago. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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