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Fire investigators await engineer's all clear

UPDATE 8.15AM: Investigations into a fire that destroyed a Maroochydore costume hire business will continue once a structural engineer gives teams the all clear to enter the building.

A fire at Costumes Galore in Newspaper Pl yesterday caused damage to the roof of the building.

Police said they would work with a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services fire investigator to determine the cause once it was safe to go inside.

EARLIER:

HEARTBROKEN shop owner Robert Polzin slumped to the ground as he watched his business of six years go up in smoke yesterday.

Fire crews were yet to arrive at Newspaper Pl, Maroochydore, where fire had engulfed Costumes Galore shortly after 1pm.

But Mr Polzin knew things weren't going to be good.

By the time fire crews brought the flames under control, the building had suffered extensive damage.

Two neighbouring businesses were also smoke-damaged.
 

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A fire destroyed a Costume business in Maroochydore. Fire crews worked to control the blaze. Owner Robert Polzin is devastated.
A fire destroyed a Costume business in Maroochydore. Fire crews worked to control the blaze. Owner Robert Polzin is devastated. john mccutcheon

"At the end of the day things can be replaced, but it's our livehlihood gone," he said.

"Hopefully, we can save something, I don't know, we'll see.

"What can you say?"

The shop was closed for the Easter Monday public holiday and Mr Polzin had only ducked in to organise a delivery for today.

He said he hoped his insurance was up-to-date.

"I came back in and could smell smoke in the shop," he said.

"So I walked out the back and could see orange from the flames and called triple zero straight away and knew I had to get out of there."

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service's Acting Inspector Chris White said the costumes added significant fuel to the fire.

The origin and cause of the fire was unclear.

"(There was) a massive amount of fuel load and large amounts of heat release travelling to nearby stock," he said.

"We'll overhaul in due process and that will take some time due to the fuel load in there."

Thick black smoke filled the air and could be seen from the Sunshine Motorway, forcing Police to turn away sticky-beak drivers from the cul-de-sac.

Neighbouring business owners couldn't help but worry as the thick black smoke billowed

Owners of Lockmaster Locksmiths√ Andy and Margaret Ross said they weren't sure how damaged their shop was.

They were filling up at a nearby petrol station when they saw the smoke. But it was Mr Polzin who phoned to let them know

"It was very considerate of him," Mrs Ross said. 
 

 

 

MONDAY, 4pm

A HEARTBROKEN shop owner said all he could do was watch as his costume store went up in flames on this afternoon

Owner of Costumes Galore Robert Polzin said he'd just arrived at the store to organise a delivery, when he found the warehouse engulfed in flames.

Mr Polzin was surrounded by family and friends on the driveway, as he came to terms with losing his business of six years.

"I hope the insurance is up to date," he said.

Fire crews and Police are still on scene and are yet to determine a cause for the fire and are unsure whether the building is structurally sound.

It is believed three neighbouring businesses have also received smoke damaged. 

Andy and Margaret Ross who own Lockmaster Locksmiths next door said Mr Polzin had phoned to inform them about the fire.

"It was very considerate of him," Mrs Ross said.

Acting Inspector Chris White from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service said so much fabric in the building had given the fire extra fuel.

"(There's a) massive amount of fuel load and large amounts of heat release travelling to nearby stock," he said.

Nobody was hurt in the fire and Acting Insp White said it was unclear how the fire started or its origin.

"We'll overhaul in due process and that will take some time due to the fuel load in there."


EARLIER:

POLICE have cordoned off Newspaper Pl and are turning around slow moving vehicles as drivers move in to see what is happening.

Owners of other businesses in the street are rushing to the scene of the fire to check their buildings have not been damaged. 

Smoke can be seen from the Sunshine Mwy, which is bringing curious spectators to the scene. 

Dalton Dr resident Matt Burge said he could see the smoke from his home near Arcare.

"We could smell burning so we checked all the electrical boxes," he said.

"When we came outside we could see the thick, black smoke from our place."

 

INITIAL REPORT:

SMOKE is pouring from a Newspaper Pl warehouse. 

Fire fighters have been called to Costumes Galore where the business owner came in to check a few things and move items around before reopening on Tuesday after the Easter break.

He smelled smoke and went out the back to find the shop alight.

Two fire crews and police officers have arrived and paramedics are on standby at the scene.

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