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Beechworth loses supermarket to fire
An IGA supermarket in Beechworth has been gutted by fire following a blaze which started just before 7.30pm Saturday, 16 January.
CFA crews arrived to find fire already in the roof of the structure, which was well alight.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from travelling into adjacent buildings however they were unable to save the interior of the supermarket, which had already become engulfed by flame.
Operation Manager Paul King said given the intensity of the blaze, it had not been safe for firefighters to enter the inside of the building, and their efforts had been hampered by the structure’s solid concrete construction.
“There was almost no access at all for firefighters to get water inside and onto the fire, which was extremely challenging – because of this the fire has burnt for a long time,” he said.
“This is a serious fire with big consequences for the community.”
Mr King said the exterior concrete structure remains intact though will be assessed for structural issues.
He thanked crews who travelled from as far away as Bendigo, Shepparton and Albury (NSW Rural Fire Service) to support local brigades with specialist equipment. The Army Fire Service also assisted with water carrying capability.
Two ladder platform (aerial) trucks attended, along with 14 other firefighting appliances and five bulk water carriers - which transported water from a local lake to help fight the fire.
A fire investigation is ongoing however early reports indicate may have started within the store and then spread to the roof. The fire is being treated as suspicious.
Photos by Mark Slater, Captain District 24 Headquarters Brigade
More images here.