FREAK FIRE: An umbrella flew up into powerlines cutting power to surrounding traffic lights and causing a fire above the bottle shop.
FREAK FIRE: An umbrella flew up into powerlines cutting power to surrounding traffic lights and causing a fire above the bottle shop. Meg Gannon

Customer numbers drop after fire

MARISSA'S Cafe employee Liv Brady said numbers have dropped since the freak accident last Thursday.

Just before 1pm last week, a freak wind blew a table umbrella into power lines above the cafe, general store, and bottle shop.

Sparks from the power lines caused a fire on the roof of the bottle shop.

Ms Brady said she was shocked by what happened but just wanted business to go back to normal.

"I think that lots of people had thought we had shut," she said.

"It obviously affected our trading a little bit. We want to be able to let people know that we're still open.

"We just want to get back to normal."

According to Ms Brady, the damage was far worse than anyone initially thought.

"The computer screens were melted, the chairs were melted," Ms Brady said.

"Paper, documents, everything was just burnt."

She said firies, police and Adam Luck Electrical were to thank for their tireless efforts in the aftermath.

Marissa's Cafe is open every day.


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