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Blaze strikes Windsor Seafoods restaurant again

Jul 2, 2023

The popular Windsor Seafoods restaurant has fallen victim to yet another devastating fire, marking the second incident in just six years. While investigations are continuing police said they do not consider the fire to be suspicious.

Late last night, emergency services attended the fire at the George Street, Windsor restaurant following reports of smoke coming from the building. 

A spokesman for NSW Fire and Rescue said crews used thermal imaging technology, due to the heavy smoke and took some time to locate the origin of the blaze. The fire had ignited between the basement and the first floor, where the cold storage area was situated.

The presence of insulated foam panels added a layer of complexity to the firefighting operation, slowing efforts to pinpoint the exact location of the flames. It took crews between two and three hours to fully extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

The premises were believed to be vacant as the fire took hold and nobody was injured. The two-story building was extensively damaged.

 Early this morning police cordoned off the area, establishing an exclusion zone to facilitate the ongoing investigation.

Traces of the fire were evident throughout the establishment, with shattered glass from the front window and extensive damage to the facade and interior of the building.

This is the second time in six years that a fire has damaged the popular local restaurant. In 2017 an electrical fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damages. Police ruled that the fire was accidental.

Today’s blaze comes as the premises and neighbouring properties are being offered for sale, in one line, at auction on August 10, 2023.

“Situated in the heart of Windsor, this rare and unique investment opportunity offers significant upside, but also a chance to contribute to the town’s rich history,” the marketing material for the property states.

“Spanning approximately 1530sqm, this property’s E2 Commercial Centre Zoning adds an extra layer of value, allowing you to explore various potential developments (STCA).”

The building is due to be offered for sale at auction next month.

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