Shop Fire in Katoomba

Published: 17th June 2010

At Katoomba on Thursday 17th June crews responded to a shop fire in Katoomba St. Just after 0900 crews from Katoomba Fire Station forced their way into a pizza shop which was heavily smoke logged, and found the top floor of the restaurant well alight. High winds fanned the fire which was through the roof, forcing the evacuation of 40 people from 10 other shops which were in danger. The fire damaged both levels causing roof, internal stair and floor collapse. Other fire crews attending were Blackheath, Wentworth Falls, Penrith Aerial Truck, Parramatta Ladder Truck, Lawson and Leura. Officers on scene were Duty Commander Blue Mountains and Zone Commander Blue Mountains. The fire was extinguished by 4 x 38mm hoses, with 2 exposures each protected by 38 mm hose lines. The Ladder Platform Truck from Parramatta was required for a number of hours to assist the SES, working in high winds, to secure tarps and roofing iron.