Fire damages buildings in Wangara

So far the damage bill is estimated at $800,000. Pictures: Martin Kennealey
So far the damage bill is estimated at $800,000. Pictures: Martin Kennealey

UPDATE: A BRIDAL shop, cafe and computer store are among buildings damaged in a suspected arson attack in Wangara.

It took 35 firefighters about two hours to bring the blaze under control.

Two shops, including the café and computer store, have been destroyed and though firefighters were able to save English Rose Bridal and its wedding dresses, there are fears there could be some smoke damage.

The owner attended this morning to collect several dresses to get dry cleaned ahead of weddings this long weekend.

Police are now investigating after a car was found inside the burnt café, which firefighters said was extremely suspicious.

Pictures: Martin Kennealey

 

So far the damage bill is estimated at $800,000.

Lumsden Road has now re-opened but motorists are still urged to avoid the area if possible.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services gave the all clear at 7.33am.

 

EARLIER: A FIRE has caused damage to several commercial buildings and sparked a hazardous materials warning in Wangara.

The structure fire on Lumsden Road, near the intersection of Dellamarta Road, was reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services at 3.52am on Thursday.

DFES then issued the Hazmat warning at 5.39am.

People are urged to stay away from the area.

Lumsden Road has been closed and emergency services are on site.

More to come.