Shop owners and locals have revealed their heartbreak after a fire tore through a shopping centre south of Brisbane on Saturday night, gutting several shops including a bakery.
At least seven fire crews attended the blaze at the Windaroo shops on Carl Heck Bvd just after 10.30pm on June 5, but were unable to save any of the shops which included an IGA, chemist, newsagency, bakery and barber shop.
On Sunday, police had the area cordoned off as investigations continued. This is the second fire at the centre in as many years, and the owners of the newsagency Anil and Meeta Balia told The Courier Mail they are “devastated”.
“I got a call saying the whole place is on fire,” Anil told the publication.
“It’s just devastating. This is the second time it’s happened within two years.
“It’s just a mess. This shopping centre has been a mess.
“We are just hoping for the best. It’s just heartbreaking that it’s happened again and again.”
The popular shopping centre on the outskirts of Logan had recently undergone renovations, and locals posting on social media said they were sad for the shop owners.
Early reports are that the blaze likely started in the Black Canvas Barbershop, which has been linked to bikie activity.