Luck in the wind: Business owner thanks weather for saving his business

The remains of a business in River Street. Photo GREG KEEN.ANOTHER business owner caught up in Wednesday’s dramatic fire in NorthDubbo said he thought he was going to lose everything when the blaze broke out.
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The inferno erupted on the corner of Bourke and River streets shortly before 4pm and fire crews spent several hours working to extinguish the fire.

Robbie Cook from Robbie Cook’s Auto Electrical and Air Conditioning said he was grateful his building received minimal damage.

“I thought I was going to lose the shed for sure. Luckily the wind was blowing the other way,” he said.

Mr Cook was evacuated when the blaze started and said the heat from the fire broke all the windows running along the side of his building.

“The fire brigade put it out before it could do more damage,” he said.

Mr Cook said he temporarily closed yesterday awaiting for electricity to be restored after it was lost in the blaze.

Yesterday, Sainsbury Automotive issued a statement via its Facebook page alerting clients it was attempting to operate with a “business-as-usual” approach and urged the public to have patience and be aware of emergency services still operating in the area.

“Luckily nobody was injured in the incident, however there were several cars which have been lost to the fire as well as our detailing shed,” the post said.

“We would also like to send our thoughts and best wishes to the team at Dubbo City Smash & Mechanical, who were hit extremely hard by the unfortunate incident.”

The street remained closed yesterday and police tape cordoned off the area.

Inspector Gary Barber from Dubbo Fire Station said when firefighters arrived on the scene on Wednesday they found the Sainsbury detailing workshop alight and the fire had spread to the adjoining Dubbo City Smash & Mechanical.

The police said they believed the fire was not suspicious but were still making enquiries about the origin and the cause of the blaze.

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