An excavator maneuvers steel beams that will be used to support the wall during the demolition process.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
An excavator maneuvers steel beams that will be used to support the wall during the demolition process.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

Police investigation into fire ends

AS soon as the ashes were cool enough to walk on investigators were on the ground at the scene of Sunday night's inferno.

Police, insurance and Queensland Fire and Rescue investigators scoured the rubble for any clue that may shed light on the reason for the ignition of the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.

On Tuesday afternoon at about 3.30pm the Queensland Police withdrew from the investigation concluding there was no evidence to indicate the fire had been deliberately lit.

At that time demolition crews had already begun to collapse the southern wall and Island Dr remains closed to all traffic - including pedestrian - in preparation for the demolition of the western wall of the target building.

It is not known when shops unaffected by fire will be given the chance to reopen. Most stores have been without power since Sunday night.


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