Community rallies behind businesses affected by blaze
THE Mackay community has been left shocked by the news that the Oak Street complex in Andergrove has been damaged by suspected arson.
The Daily Mercury's Facebook page has been bombarded with support for the businesses affected by the fire.
Lee-ann Cooper said her heart went out to the business owners and the owners of the pets.
"My heart goes out to all who have been devastated by this terrible and tragic event. Especially the staff at the vet clinic."
"My heart goes out to the business people, especially those cherished pets, what is this place coming to?" Lynette Legood agreed.
Lisa Stanaway said she was finding it hard to believe that she only took her dog to Better Pet Vets on Wednesday.
"Cannot believe I just had my little puppy there on Wednesday. My heart goes out to everyone that has lost their businesses and their beloved pets."
Sheree Couper said she felt sad for the whole team of Better Pet Vets.
"That's so very sad. We absolutely love Better Pet Vets. The whole team are amazing and I'm sure they would be devastated for the pets owners as well as the damage. My heart goes out to all involved."
Jay Po said she was just glad no one was killed in the incident.
"Just thank god no one was injured of worse died. That would be more devastating."
Newsagency makes paper available for Saturday
NewsXpress Village customers will still be able to get the Daily Mercury tomorrow and next week from nearby outlets.
The North Mackay newsagency, burned down in Friday's fire, will be putting extra copies out to its sub agents. Home deliveries have not been affected.
To ensure local customers don't miss out on the Daily Mercury, Village NewsXpress is available at the Oaks St BP service station, Village Foodland, the Beaconsfield Store and Beaconsfield Caltex.
NewsXpress Village owner Paul Doolan is philosophical about the destruction of his store as he gets on with the job of getting back to business.
It was the staff Mr Doolan was more concerned about.
"The staff was very upset," Mr Doolan said.
"We've got a lot of kids that go to school who work here and have worked here some time."
Mr Doolan was, however, buoyed by the support he had already received from his loyal customers as he aims to re-open in another nearly location.
"We've had a lot of customers offer to help out, there's been lot of support," he said.
"That's heartening and we'll soldier on.
"We hope to be open again for business in another location by next week."
Two pets die in fire at Oak St shopping complex
A BETTER Pet Vet staff member confirmed at the scene that two pets perished in the blaze.
Staff of the vet clinic were emotional as they saw the scene.
Pets who were saved have been placed into care at Andergrove Veterinary Clinic.
Police continue to guard the scene as they wait for investigators.
Police investigate fire which has caused damage to businesses
POLICE are investigating a fire which caused significant damage to Andergrove businesses in Oak St overnight.
Emergency services responded to reports of a fire at 1am.
A vet clinic, a newsagency, and two take-away stores were damaged as a result of the fire.
While several animals were rescued from the vet clinic it is believed one died in the fire.
The cause of the fire remains unknown however a crime scene has been declared and police will guard the scene until investigators arrive.
Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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YOUR REACTION ON OUR FACEBOOK SITE
Sheree Couper That's so very sad. We absolutely love Better Pet Vets. The whole team are amazing and I'm sure they would be devastated for the pets owners as well as the damage. My heart goes out to all involved.
Jaimee Frith So that's what I heard at 1am
Rose Sherwell We live in a sad world
Kathryn O'Brien So sad for all. Always shopped at the newsagency, occasional Pizza Power and Healthy Noodle. Took my cats to Better Pet Vets. Devastating for all. Truly hope this wasn't deliberate!!
Christine Wilson Oh no... I heard all the noise and thought it must have been serious. How sad for all. Better Pet Vets are really good and feel sad for the owners of the pet that innocently died. It would have been scary for the homes near by, lots of families live close, so I'm sure there will be some upset children too who got a big fright at 1am. Sad for the business owners too.
Leanna Marsh Vets, takeaways, newsagency all damaged. What a mess. So sad. Thinking of all the business owners.
Philappa King Heard it last night. About 1am there was a HUGE boom then saw all the smoke. So sad.