WATER SPORTS EQUIPMENT DESTROYED IN SHOP BLAZE
MORE than $250,000 worth of boards and other stock have been destroyed after a ferocious inferno tore through a beloved northern beaches surf shop in Sydney – but the distraught owner has vowed to keep the business going. The fire, which gutted the WindSurfnSnow outlet in Anzac Ave, Collaroy, broke out in a storage area just before 8pm on Thursday. Business coowner Sam Parker said he was “devastated” as he watched the blaze engulf his shop, which opened 15 years ago.
NSW Fire & Rescue and police investigators were on the scene for hours yesterday, picking through the debris.
Windsurfers, stand-up paddle boards and kite surfing equipment worth more than $250,000 were among the stock destroyed by the fire. But Mr Parker vowed the business would continue operating from a nearby warehouse, rented by his business partner.
More than 80 firefighters fought the blaze. About 100 people from neighbouring homes and businesses were evacuated.
The fire at WindSurfnSnow in Collaroy gutted the surf outlet and destroyed more than $250,000 of equipment.