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New Acton Fire, the morning after.

By johnboy - 24 June 2011 22

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Anthony has sent in pictures from his home in the ApARTment building of the aftermath to last night’s fire in New Acton.

More of his photos and some I took in the slideshow below. If you’ve got more please send them in to images@the-riotact.com .


The Canberra Times is reporting that the Efkarpidis family is planning to rebuild, and that the damage has taken in Flint Restaurant, Parlour Wine Room, Bicicletta and the offices of the Molonglo Group.


This statement has been made by the owners:

Statement from Nectar Efkarpidis, Director, Molonglo Group

We are grateful and relieved that nobody was hurt and we would like to thank the authorities and the people of New Acton who responded so quickly to the fire.
We are devastated that this beautiful piece of Canberra’s history has been partially destroyed.
We have had hundreds of calls of support for which we are sincerely grateful.
We are touched that so many people share our love and our passion for New Acton.
We will rebuild. Starting tomorrow we will begin work to bring the building back to life.
Nectar Efkarpidis
Director
Molonglo Group

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
New Acton Fire, the morning after.
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Thumper 8:52 am
24 Jun 11
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Terribly sad to see our heritage buildings going up in flames. Hopefully it can be rebuilt.

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The Frots 9:05 am
24 Jun 11
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Just a quick note to say ‘thanks’ to everyone for their photographs and on-going coverage of the fire last night and today………………….and of course thanks to JB for his outstanding efforts! It was by far the best and most informative coverage in Canberra!!

And what incredible photo’s!

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maniac 9:09 am
24 Jun 11
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Thanks for the pics. It was quite amazing to see all the smoke rolling by the office window yesterday afternoon. Thanks to RA for keeping us updated. Glad no one was hurt.

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The Frots 9:24 am
24 Jun 11
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Thumper said :

Terribly sad to see our heritage buildings going up in flames. Hopefully it can be rebuilt.

+1 on that.

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LadyxBec 9:33 am
24 Jun 11
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The Frots said :

Thumper said :

Terribly sad to see our heritage buildings going up in flames. Hopefully it can be rebuilt.

+1 on that.

+ 2.
I has lunch at Flint yesterday with some friends, and the food was lovely, as were all the people working there. I hope they can re-build and be up an running again quickly.

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2legdrive 12:05 pm
24 Jun 11
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If I was the owner or manager of a white timber clad commercial building in Canberra I think I would be really worried and getting some advice on how fire safe my building is. What with the recent fire in the Serviceman’s club in Kingston.
Does anyone know of similar building in Canberra?

Should we post a fireman out the front of each one just in case?

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Gungahlin Al 12:43 pm
24 Jun 11
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Should buff out…

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Gungahlin Al 12:46 pm
24 Jun 11
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But seriously, that’s a real shame to lose another great chunk of the Canberra history. These buildings have to have been on a par with the Sydney and Melbourne buildings as to their importance. It was so good to see them restored and I regret never having gotten around to patronising the venues there.

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EvanJames 1:27 pm
24 Jun 11
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What an absolute shame, and to a family, not some giant conglomerate. We were at Bicicletta a few weeks back and it was bloody good. Loved the way they’d left some of the old walls, yet it was all edgy and modern, pizzas to die for. Great service too, the kids there seemed happy. The foyer of the Diament was a work of low-lit art. Those old wooden buildings would have gone up like a waxed cardboard box though, dry old wooden frames. The vibe around that whole development has been amazing, they did it so well. I’m truly sorry for the Efkarpidis family.

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Deref 2:00 pm
24 Jun 11
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A great pity. Thanks for the coverage and the photos.

No doubt the owners will assuage their sadness by building a lovely new block of butt-ugly flats to fit in with the surroundings.

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mouthface 2:36 pm
24 Jun 11
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Deref said :

A great pity. Thanks for the coverage and the photos.

No doubt the owners will assuage their sadness by building a lovely new block of butt-ugly flats to fit in with the surroundings.

Not quite.. here’s a message sent to my facebook page by the owners:

“Subject: Statement from Nectar Efkarpidis, Director, Molonglo Group

We are grateful and relieved that nobody was hurt and we would like to thank the authorities and the people of New Acton who responded so quickly to the fire.
We are devastated that this beautiful piece of Canberra’s history has been partially destroyed.
We have had hundreds of calls of support for which we are sincerely grateful.
We are touched that so many people share our love and our passion for New Acton.
We will rebuild. Starting tomorrow we will begin work to bring the building back to life.
Nectar Efkarpidis
Director
Molonglo Group
Sent from my iPhone”

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mouthface 2:38 pm
24 Jun 11
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EvanJames said :

What an absolute shame, and to a family, not some giant conglomerate. We were at Bicicletta a few weeks back and it was bloody good. Loved the way they’d left some of the old walls, yet it was all edgy and modern, pizzas to die for. Great service too, the kids there seemed happy. The foyer of the Diament was a work of low-lit art. Those old wooden buildings would have gone up like a waxed cardboard box though, dry old wooden frames. The vibe around that whole development has been amazing, they did it so well. I’m truly sorry for the Efkarpidis family.

think its just that first floor above the restaurants that’s tmber, the rest is brick and masonry..

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I-filed 4:38 pm
24 Jun 11
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The proof of the pudding and all that. Easy to put out a media release announcing an intention.

Let’s wait and see whether: oh dear, it’s going to be awfully expensive to do up … more than we expected … so sorry Canberra, we’ll just have to ….(sob) … put up a horrid building after all. You know we really would prefer to rebuild to 1930 heritage quality standards … really really

I still think ACT Heritage are the culprits for not requiring fire standards that would prevent a potentially development-convenient fire in such an iconic building.

Pardon my cynicism, but, frankly, given the Barr-Stanhope-Developer situation in this town over the years, I think it is justified.

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Wily_Bear 7:10 pm
24 Jun 11
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I-filed said :

The proof of the pudding and all that. Easy to put out a media release announcing an intention.

Let’s wait and see whether: oh dear, it’s going to be awfully expensive to do up … more than we expected … so sorry Canberra, we’ll just have to ….(sob) … put up a horrid building after all. You know we really would prefer to rebuild to 1930 heritage quality standards … really really

I still think ACT Heritage are the culprits for not requiring fire standards that would prevent a potentially development-convenient fire in such an iconic building.

Pardon my cynicism, but, frankly, given the Barr-Stanhope-Developer situation in this town over the years, I think it is justified.

+ 1, Couldn’t have said it better.

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mouthface 4:16 am
25 Jun 11
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Wily_Bear said :

I-filed said :

The proof of the pudding and all that. Easy to put out a media release announcing an intention.

Let’s wait and see whether: oh dear, it’s going to be awfully expensive to do up … more than we expected … so sorry Canberra, we’ll just have to ….(sob) … put up a horrid building after all. You know we really would prefer to rebuild to 1930 heritage quality standards … really really

I still think ACT Heritage are the culprits for not requiring fire standards that would prevent a potentially development-convenient fire in such an iconic building.

Pardon my cynicism, but, frankly, given the Barr-Stanhope-Developer situation in this town over the years, I think it is justified.

+ 1, Couldn’t have said it better.

Hmm… what exactly is the Barr-Stanhope-Developer situation? Please enlighten us. Totally ignorant comments anyway. Typical negative dribble. You probably haven’t even been to this development and don’t utilise it at all, otherwise you would know how much was invested in it by the developers. I’m really getting tired of the know-it-all asses on this site that can only contribute cynical remarks. At a time like this as well. You are aware that this place belonged to real people, and they are probably quite upset that their offices, and their restaurants went up in smoke, and you just want to carry on like this. I hope your house burns down arsehole.

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