News

Fire destroys Rainbow Beach cafe, threatens whole town

UPDATE:

THE owner of  Rainbow Beach's one-stop Foodworks has declared the shop as good as 'ruined' , after a blaze tore through the Coloured Sands Cafe that adjoins it last night.

Unable to open for business today, owner Ruth Modine said there was smoke damage to the store and it was closed for business until further notice.

"Things aren't good. I'm still waiting for the insurance assessor," she told The Gympie Times today. 

The Rainbow Beach Foodworks
The Rainbow Beach Foodworks Contributed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARLIER:

AN INFERNO that gutted the Coloured Sands Café at Rainbow Beach last night has left the owners devastated and seven staff members instantly out of work.

"It's 20 years up in flames," owners Andy and Alison Stiefler said standing near the back of the charred and twisted café where a fire is believed to have broken out in an ice cream freezer at 8.30 last night.

Two staff members, who were cleaning inside the café when the fire started, escaped unharmed before the building was fully engulfed.

When fire crews from the Rainbow Beach auxiliary arrived they averted a "disaster for the whole town" by containing the fire before it reached two large gas cylinders at the back of the business, Mr Stiefler,  who arrived at the scene just before fire officers did, told The Gympie Times.

"If they'd blown up it would've flattened the whole main street," he said.

"That gas line...right above the door...was red hot. They took a fair amount of risk to go in there and do what they've done."

Rainbow Beach fire auxiliary officer Greg Haring said when the three crews arrived, the outcome of the burning building was not clear.

The fire was extinguished by 9.10pm, while it took another hour and a half to search for and dampen down hot spots.

"When we arrived I wasn't actually confident we would save the structure.

"We're delighted with the outcome."

Firefighters at the scene of a fire that destroyed the inside of  Rainbow Beach cafe, the Coloured Sands Cafe on Tuesday night.
Firefighters at the scene of a fire that destroyed the inside of Rainbow Beach cafe, the Coloured Sands Cafe on Tuesday night.

As a hot spring day began to make itself felt at Rainbow Beach this morning, Mr and Mrs Steifler were assessing the damage of the business they've put "20 years of hard slog into".

The brick structure still stands, but the tin roof and beam that supported it are bowed and buckled and the entire inside is a mess of twisted metal and debri, still emanating a smell of smoke.

Mr Steifler believes they may need a clean start; the building too damaged to survive.

"We've got three young kids and that's all they've known - us working here. We've been here for so long. There will be a lot of people pretty upset about it - they know how hard we've worked."

"And the staff are instantly out of a job."

He said the timing could not be worse - leading into the summer holiday period; the café's busiest trading time.

"It's sad. Life throws some crazy things at you sometimes, that's for sure."

The Coloured Sands Cafe was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.
The Coloured Sands Cafe was gutted by fire on Tuesday night. Frances Klein
Gympie Times

Topics:  editors picks fire rainbow beach


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sportsbet installs LNP as favourites at next election

SPEAKING OUT: Sean Choat agrees with Sportsbet on the LNP being favourite to form government at the next state election, but says the party must learn lessons from the past.

Choat agrees with bookies but insists lessons of past must be heeded

Ban devices in the bedroom: the plea to keep kids safe

Primary school age children can be easily targeted by online predators.

Primary school aged girls and boys being asked to send naked pics

Man, child seriously injured in Warrego Hwy crash

A person was taken to hospital via helicopter after a head on crash on the Warrego Hwy.

Multiple patients are being treated for injuries.

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!