Huon Highway, Grove
At approximately 7.00pm last night Grove, Huonville, Sandfly and Franklin brigades responded to a report of a structure fire at Jackmanís bodyworks on Huon highway at Grove.
Upon arrival crews found the office and workshop area fully involved with fire and threatening nearby parked vehicles. Bulk storage LPG cylinders, oxy / acetylene equipment along with a storeroom containing paint and thinners further hampered fire fighting operations.
The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes and was contained to the main building. Firefighters maintained a presence overnight to monitor the structure and a fire investigation team will undertake a formal inspection of the property this morning.
At this stage the damage estimate is expected to exceed $800,000.
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.