Six people have died after a fire broke out at a department store in Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Key points:The department store was one of several in Queensland to close following a blaze in JulyA fire in a warehouse at a jewellery store in Port Douglas caused three deaths on Tuesday afternoonThe blaze has since been containedThe fire has been contained, police said, but the store will reopen as of tomorrow.(Supplied: Queensland Fire Service)The fire broke open in the department store at the corner of Port Douglas Road and West Road in Port Stephens about 11:00am (AEST) and was extinguished before it could spread further.
“It’s been a huge tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of those who have lost their lives,” Detective Inspector Scott Fenske said.
“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to them as well as the community and the Gold Coast community.”
We’ve received information of three deaths, including the mother and two children, and we’re still assisting in the investigation into the cause of the fire.
“The cause of this fire is still under investigation.”
Anyone with information should call police on 1800 333 000.
“The department was closed and the store reopened as of 1:00pm (AEDT).
Firefighters were working at the site, with emergency services and fire crews in attendance.
A spokeswoman for the Gold Council said the fire broke through the side of a warehouse.”
At approximately 11:40am (local time) this morning, Queensland Fire Services (QFS) received a call from the Gold Centre of Port Stephens regarding a fire which had broken out at the department in the Port Stephens Rd. area,” she said.
The fire quickly spread and there were smoke alarms going off and a number of fire appliances in the area.”
In response to the call, a fire truck was dispatched to the site and by 11:46am QFS crews were on site with three fire engines, one fire engine and a crane.
“Crews were also working with a ladder truck on the site to assist with the containment of the blaze.”
There were a number people on the ground at the time of the incident and they have been taken to the Gold Center of Port for treatment.””
At this stage QFS is not investigating any criminal activity at the scene and the fire remains under investigation.
“The fire also damaged an industrial building at the Gold Circle Shopping Centre and a residential area at the nearby Burdekin Estate.
There was no immediate word on the cause or severity of the deaths.