Nowhere to stop after terminal fire

COFFS Harbour City Council is now urgently looking at options to supply bus travellers with a place to wait after a fire destroyed a major coach terminal in Elizabeth Street on Sunday night.

The Coffs Harbour Coach terminal, which is next to the Coffs Coast Visitors Information Centre, sustained extensive damage from the blaze, including damage to chairs, lights and wiring, and major structural damage to the rafters, iron roofing, and support beams.

Police were called to the fire at about 8.15pm where they discovered the shelter well alight, and the fire brigade were called to extinguish the fire.

According to Coffs Coast Marketing manager Rob Cleary, Coffs Harbour City Council are still waiting for a final assessment of the damage, but the initial figures released by a police report that estimate the cost of damage from the blaze to be between $10,000 and $20,000 could be way off, with the repair cost now expected to reach the six figures.

It is the second time in less than a month that the bus terminal has been damaged by fire.

Mr Cleary said a previous fire at the bus shelter at the end of last month caused approximately $25,000 to $30,000 worth of damage.

According to Mr Cleary, it is uncertain whether the shelter can be repaired, or if it has to be rebuilt entirely.

Police have arrested two men, aged 38 and 39, over the incident.

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