Fire crews from Coffs Harbour and Sawtell at the factory blaze on Thursday night.
Fire crews from Coffs Harbour and Sawtell at the factory blaze on Thursday night. FRANK REDWARD

Fire at Sign It Up Australia

WHAT an extraordinary week it’s been for the fledgling Coffs Harbour firm Sign It Up Australia.

On Monday, police were at the factory premises on the corner of Wingara and O’Keefe drives to deal with an apparent lockout situation.

Then on Thursday night, firefighters stormed the brick and steel building to fight a fierce blaze which has left behind a damage bill expected to run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and late yesterday, two men were helping investigators with their inquiries. A crime scene was in place throughout the night and remained that way yesterday afternoon.

Coffs Harbour Fire Station officer Sally Foote said as many as 20 firefighters rallied for an hour to bring the blaze under control.

“It gutted the mezzanine level but we saved the building,” Ms Foote said.

“The fire crews worked well to contain the fire to that premises and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring business.”

“When we got there the fire was glowing behind the main roller door. We broke in through a front door and tackled the fire.”

Ms Foote said the ferocious blaze was fuelled by stored fibreglass and timber and fire personnel initially feared the floor beneath them would cave in.

A security guard had rung triple-0 at 10.50pm when he saw smoke pouring under the eaves of the factory.

No-one was inside at the time of the blaze and the cause is still being investigated.

Sign It Up Australia, a sign manufacturing company, has been in business since April 12.

In other news, Coffs Harbour fire crews were called to a grass fire which had wound up out of control from a burn-off at Korora the same night. They were at the scene from 8pm.

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