Police investigation continues: Town rallies

A police investigation into the FoodWorks fire is continuing. Photo: Katherine O'Brien.
A police investigation into the FoodWorks fire is continuing. Photo: Katherine O'Brien.

Queensland Police are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred at Canungra FoodWorks overnight, 17 April 2023.

Emergency services were initially called to the Christie Street business around 9:45pm following reports of smoke coming out of the roof of the building.

The fire was able to be contained by 10:10pm.

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A crime scene has been declared at the business, and investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who might have witnessed anything or have dashcam/CCTV vision of the area around the time of the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact Policelink on 131 444.

A FoodWorks spokesperson said they are uncertain when they will be able to reopen for business.

“The fire department are doing their due dilligence to ensure the structural integrity of the building before anyone is allowed to enter.”

“Once it is safe for us to go in we will assess what needs to be done in the clean up and be able to update the community.”

The other businesses in the complex are open for business today.

Demi Child’s from Dem’s Hair Studio said there was no damage to her business, but there is a burning smell through the premises.

Photos by Katherine O’Brien:

Town rallies together

Local business owners have rallied to support the community and provide essential items to those who may not be able to drive to supermarkets in neighbouring towns.

Andrew Covino said BP Canungra is in discussions with several suppliers to provide meat, bread, dairy and grocery lines to the community in the coming days.

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