Buildings suffers 'considerable damage' in fire

A commercial building on Princes St, Fairlie suffered considerable damage in a fire early on Friday morning.
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A commercial building on Princes St, Fairlie suffered considerable damage in a fire early on Friday morning.

A commercial building suffered "considerable damage" in a fire in Fairlie early on Friday morning.

Fairlie chief fire officer Phil McKay said two of the town's fire crews were called to the blaze at Mackenzie Laundries Ltd, on Princes St, just before 1.30am.

A crew from Pleasant Point and another from Geraldine were also called to assist, he said.

"Considerable damage was sustained to the building, it was well involved (when they arrived)."

He said it had taken awhile to completely extinguish the fire. 

"It was just the complexities of the building's construction, it wasn't a considerable time.

"A considerable period was spent damping down rather than actually fire fighting, getting to all the hotspots."

McKay confirmed there had been no one inside the building at the time of the fire. 

Fire safety investigation officer Craig Chambers was at the site of the fire on Friday morning along with the business owners.

Chambers said the cause of the fire was not thought to be suspicious.

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He was still in the process of working out an exact cause of the fire, he said. ​

 - Stuff

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