Car spotted at business before fire broke out
UPDATE: COFFS Clarence Police have today revealed the fire that destroyed an automotive business at Woolgoolga was deliberately lit.
The arson investigation appears to hinge on identifying a vehicle that was spotted at the Featherstone Dr business on the night of Wednesday, January 4.
The business, the Coffs Coast Collision Centre, was destroyed by flames shortly before 9pm.
Detectives from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and have since commenced investigations.
"Shortly prior to the fire, a vehicle was seen arriving in the vicinity and leaving a short time later," Coffs Clarence police said in a statement.
Anyone with information in relation to this vehicle and information relating to the fire is urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
Information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
JANUARY 4: FIRE has torn through a double-storey automotive business in Woolgoolga.
NSW Fire and Rescue crews were called to the Coffs Coast Collision Centre on Featherstone Dr on Wednesday around 8.50pm.
Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour-based firefighters arrived to find the building engulfed in flames.
Several explosions were heard at the scene with crews facing a large fire that saw flames billowing from the top storey.
Eight fire appliances were called to the scene to contain the fire, including the Coffs Harbour Fire Station's aerial pumper which focused its hoses on extinguishing the blaze on the upper floor of the building.
It took firefighters around 40 minutes to contain the fire.
A number of LPG tanks began venting under the intense heat, causing firefighters some concern during the containment effort.
Fire and Rescue NSW Mid North Coast Duty Commander Inspector Tony Lenthall said crews were able to cool the cylinders before removing them from the path of the flames.
Police said a fire investigation is underway and engineers will conduct a structural integrity assessment on the building on Thursday morning.
At this stage, the cause of the fire is still being investigated.