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Fire destroys historic Stanhope building

Thirty firefighters were required to battle a fire that gutted the Shaque-A-Taque building at Stanhope yesterday morning.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK December 17, 2013 4:03am

A firefighter hoses down the ashes following the fire that destroyed the Shaque-A-Taque store at Stanhope yesterday.


Fire gutted an 86-year-old building at Stanhope in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Smoke from the blaze also affected neighbouring properties, whose residents were evacuated.

A Country Fire Authority spokesperson said up to 30 firefighters and seven trucks arrived at Shaque-A-Taque on the corner of Birdwood Ave and Walbran Lane about 12.15am.

The authority spokesperson said the fire was contained by 3am.

Rochester police Sergeant Dale Simm said property owner and resident Ken Harrison escaped from the building with no injuries except for burned feet.

However, the property and its contents were completely destroyed.

Echuca police detectives are investigating the cause of the blaze.

For more coverage on the Stanhope fire, grab a copy of today’s News.

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