A fire has destroyed the much-loved New Farm Deli and Cafe in Brisbane.
Firefighters were called to the scene just after midnight on Saturday 6 July, when an employee at a nearby supermarket raised the alarm. It took almost 30 firefighters over an hour to bring the blaze under control. The building suffered severe fire and water damage as a result. No one was injured.
According to ABC News, fire investigator Mark Dorman said a burner was left on, igniting nearby combustible materials. The fire then went into the rangehood and up into the roof.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service’s investigation unit is working alongside police detectives to determine how the burner was left on.
Owners Maria and Vince Anello have vowed to rebuild the business, which they have owned and operated since 1991.
The business will remained closed until further notice. The Anello’s have expressed concern for the financial stability of their 55 staff while the rebuild.
A Facebook post by the business read “While we are deeply saddened by this morning’s tragedy, we are feeling truly blessed and extremely grateful for all the support shown by our wonderful community here in New Farm and from all of our loyal customers!”
Maria Anello began working at the deli when it opened in 1977, with her parents purchasing the business shortly after.