Twelve months on – The fire that rocked the town

Damage sustained in August 2023.
Damage sustained in August 2023.

A YEAR after a fire destroyed Canungra’s only supermarket, police are no closer to finding out what happened on April 17, 2023.

The Canungra FoodWorks supermarket was engulfed in flames by 9.30pm that night and although local firefighters were on the scene quickly there was substantial damage to the building.

Repairs were delayed after more damage in early August in two incidents that are being investigated by police as break and enter.

Ray White Canungra

Repairs and replacements for the damage in August was in excess of  $130,000.

Although other businesses rallied to fill the gap left by the supermarket, residents and businesses alike felt the effects until the IGA opened in November 2023.

Although many of the staff were able to find work elsewhere, for the young staff members it was a difficult and emotional time.

Queensland Police said officers are not in a position to do an interview at this time.

They confirmed that Queensland Police Service commenced an investigation into a suspicious fire that occurred at a Canungra business on April 17, 2023.

“After exhausting several lines of enquiry following a nine-month investigation, officers have filed this matter pending any further information.”

Investigators appeal for anyone with information to come forward and anonymous reports can be made.

Police are continuing their investigations following the two break and enter incidents at the same premises in early August 2023.

Police said it is inappropriate to comment as investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with further information about these incidents is urged to contact police.

Flames engulf the Canungra supermarket in April 2023.

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