Fire destroys Gracemere office

ENGINEERING staff were back at work within hours of a blaze which engulfed an office annexe on November 11.

Tony Clement, who owns Anvil Engineering in Middle Rd, Gracemere, said 10 staff were evacuated when the office went up in flames about 11.45am.

"Some of them were just a few metres away from the office, but thankfully there was a big steel wall in between and no-one was hurt," he said.

"There was no-one in the office at the time, but it's going to cause a lot of grief because there were engineering drawings and all our records in there.

"We've lost all that and all the office equipment," he said.

Mr Clement said the company, a general engineering and steel fabricator, would be able to meet its commitments.

"If we had to shut down for any amount of time it would have been big trouble in the current climate.

"But staff were able to return to the workshops after a couple of hours."

Crews from Gracemere and Rockhampton responded to 000 calls and found flames shooting from windows when they arrived on scene.

The building was full of smoke.

Fire investigators were trying to discover the cause of the blaze, but Mr Clement said he believed it was an electrical fault.

Neighbour Diane Doblo, who took this photograph, said one of the workers raised the alarm.

"When I got down there it was pretty intense. It went up really quick and was really hot.

"When the windows started to pop I thought it might destroy everything there but the fire crews were there very quickly."



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