Water damage closes Brisbane Street shops, police investigate | The Examiner

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Police are investigating a water-related incident at the Brisbane Street Mall, which happened early on Monday and left two of the mall’s shops closed for the day. Tasmania Police and Fire Department alerted shop owners to an alarm going off in the early hours of Monday morning, advising them that water damage may have occurred. READ MORE: A breakdown of canceled and continuing events Accounts differ on the exact source of the water, but it appears some sort of tap was pouring water from the separate property above the mall Angus & Coote Outlet. Excess water had begun to spill into various stores below the first floor property, but was extinguished by TFS upon arrival. When Angus & Coote property keyholder Deb Hankinson showed up at the store on Monday morning, she found soggy ground and noticeable water damage. READ MORE: Aged care lockdowns begin to end as RAT kits arrive ‘When I arrived here in the morning there was a humming in the ceiling. I was told not to turn on the lights lights because of the electricity,” she said. The store’s ceiling, which appears to have been fully wetted during the incident, had only been rewired and refurbished in 2016. Due to the damage, the store did not open at all on Monday and the central Optus branch neither is commercial. gate. Ms Hankinson said she did not know when the store would reopen, but noted the store owner was in contact with an electrician and the brand’s regional and national team to coordinate repairs. Just like the Angus & Coote store, the mall’s Optus branch, put up a sign saying they were unable to open due to water damage. The planned reopening date of the Optus branch remains uncertain. Other shops on the street appear unaffected by the incident, but around the corner Jonathan Hall of Red Herring Surf Co said the team discovered water in the back of the shop . “Most of the water damage happened right at the back of the store in the staff room. Luckily we only got two wet clothes,” he said. READ MORE: Devastating blow from retirement village cops after plans rejected Opposite the incident, Coffee Republic owner Robin Smith noted the closures were a blow to those operating in the mall from Brisbane Street, particularly after an already unusually quiet period for the mall. cafes and retailers. “We rely on ‘destination stores’ like these to draw people into the mall,” he added. Police are encouraging anyone with information that could help the investigation to contact them on 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers anonymously. What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor:

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