Fire-damaged dairy still waiting

Last updated 14:04 06/03/2014

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The owners of a Blenheim dairy gutted by fire in January are still waiting for the building to be assessed by insurers.

Fire investigators determined the blaze at the On The Spot Riversdale store on Budge St was caused by an electrical problem in the ceiling.

A Picton couple had owned the business for the past 15 years, and Foodstuffs had owned the building since 1975.

Foodstuffs South Island general property and retail development manager Roger Davidson said the company was still waiting on insurers to complete a building assessment.

They would not comment on plans for the building or whether it would remain a dairy because of the "ongoing nature of this process", Mr Davidson said.

The company was working with the Marlborough District Council to ensure debris from the site did not spread to other areas. The fire was caused either by the fluorescent fitting or the cable supplying energy to the fitting in the ceiling space above the storage area. The flames were confined to the storage area at the back of the building.

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- The Marlborough Express

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