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    Tim Olston at Horsham City Meats after a fire in the Darlot Street butchery on Monday.

Butcher fire a lucky save

Country Fire Authority leaders say it was a ‘lucky save’ at Horsham City Meats on Darlot Street, Horsham, after a fire early Monday morning.

CFA District 17 commander Dan Condon said the electrical fire was not suspicious and likely caused by a malfunction at the circuit board.

He said Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria members were driving through Horsham between 12.30am and 1am, saw smoke from the building and called the fire brigade.

“It penetrated the roof and Horsham firefighters donned breathing apparatus and used dry chemical to save the butcher shop,” Mr Condon said.



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“It was a fantastic, quick response.

“It was also a multi-agency effort as Horsham Rural City Council supplied a generator to keep fridges running to save about $50,000 worth of stock.”

Tim Olston, son of Horsham City Meats owner John, said once the smoke was spotted there was a quick response from authorities.

“Within a few minutes the CFA was here and on it,” he said.

“The damage was quite minimal really, for a fire, we’ve just lost all power.

“The CFA was brilliant. They organised generators from the council and the council delivered. Within a few hours we had electricity going through our fridges.”

Mr Olston said he was hopeful the shop would re-open next week, but there was no set time frame.

"Unfortunately at the moment, because we don’t have power everywhere, we can’t open the shop, but we can help our wholesale customers out, such as pubs,” he said.

“There were very minimal stock losses. We had fridges up-and-running very quickly thanks to the council and CFA. It’s just what we needed to sell in the next few days, which we have gotten rid of, but everything else we were able to preserve.

“The support from the community has been absolutely amazing and really heart-warming.”

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