Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NATION -

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.

Pic­ture: TIM PASCOE

The fire at WindSurfnSnow in Col­laroy gut­ted the surf out­let and de­stroyed more than $250,000 of equip­ment.

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