Fire at furniture factory

MORE than $100,000 of equipment has been destroyed in a fire broke at a furniture factory in Byron Bay’s Arts and Industry Estate.

However, quick action by workers and a quick response by firefighters prevented the blaze from extending to damage more than $1 million in stock and other equipment at Eco Furniture, best known for its camphor laurel chopping boards.

Firefighters said they were called to the blaze at Banksia Drive about 12.45pm and units from Bangalow and Byron were on-site within about five minutes.

The company’s fire plan was flawlessly executed and all staff were evacuated safely.

Ambulance officers also attended but did not have to treat anyone.

The cause of the fire was not known, but it was believed to have started in the factory’s smoke extractor, which was destroyed in the blaze.

Police are investigating and, because of the value of the damage, will prepare a report for the coroner.

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