Elphin Road, Newstead
The Tasmania Fire Service responded to a structure fire at the Commonwealth Bank, Elphin Road Newstead early this morning. Two crews from Launceston Fire Brigade arrived and found flames coming from a window at the side of the building. Firefighters entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and were able to contain the fire to an office area of the bank.
Firefighters were forced to remove roofing iron in order to stop the fire spreading. The building has suffered extensive smoke and heat damage. Value of damage has been estimated at between $250,000.00 and $300,000.00
Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service personnel will conduct a fire investigation this morning to determine the cause of the fire.