We know that Harvey Norman loves promoting hot deals, however for residents of the Whitsunday’s it was more than hot deals that caught their attention when fire broke out at the Harvey Norman Centro store earlier this week.
Local police and fire brigade officals said that the store caught on fire at about 6.40 on Sunday morning causing significant structural and smoke damage to the store. The fire is believed to have started in a Fuji Photo machine.
According to the local Whitsunday Times newspaper, the fire breached the ceiling of the Harvey Norman store. Airlie Beach Fire Station Officer Cameron Corneal said.
“The fire was fairly intense on arrival and there was a fairly thick smoke layer inside the building,” he said.
Harvey Norman franchisee Patrick Hoodcamp was also glad the fire was dealt with so quickly. “They did a good job; they got the fire out real quick,” he said.
“It was a good thing that no-one was here so no one was injured.”
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing but Senior Sergeant Steve O’Connell from the Whitsunday Police Station said there was nothing to suggest that the fire had been lit deliberately and it appeared to have started in a photo processing unit in the store.