No suspicious circumstances in Mooloolaba Wharf fire

AN investigation is underway into the cause of a fire that broke out at the Mooloolaba Wharf complex on Sunday evening.

Fire inspectors will attend the scene of the fire this morning.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman this morning said the fire was not suspicious.

The Wharf complex was evacuated shortly after 5.30pm Sunday when smoke was seen billowing from the roof of Blitz Imports.

Six fire crews from across the Coast responded to the emergency and stopped the flames from spreading to adjoining shops.

The mostly timber complex is home to several shops, including part of the UnderWater World tourist operation.

Among the evacuees were 120 school children on an overnight visit to UnderWater World.

"It looked like it was touch and go there for a while," a witness said.

"At first it didn't seem so bad but then we could see flames coming out of the roof.

"I don't know what would have happened if it had got away on them."

It was unclear last night if the fire had been contained to the ceiling of the shop or had spread into other parts of the complex.

Although the blaze was extinguished by 6.30pm, fire crews remained on the scene to keep an eye on hot spots.

A spokeswoman for the Wharf complex said UnderWater World opened today as usual at 9am.

"The Wharf will open today, however some areas will be cordoned off as emergency services continue their investigation," the spokeswoman said.


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