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November 11 2012 1 11 /11 /November /2012 04:37

13-year-old charged with arson over shopping centre fire at Greenfields Boulevard in North Mackay

Mackay fire Channel Seven News

The fire at North Mackay engulfs the Toys R Us store. Picture: Seven News Source: Supplied


UPDATE: A 13-year-old boy has been charged with arson over the Mackay toy store fire.

He is due to appear in court in Mackay on Monday.

 

FOUR juveniles, including two boys aged 10 and 13, have assisted police with their inquiries into a massive fire that gutted a shopping complex in Mackay today.

 

Police say the 10 and 13-year-old boys are still assisting them with "ongoing investigations".

 

Mackay fire

Fire crews rush to fight a blaze at a shopping centre in North Mackay. Picture: Seven News via Twitter.


 

The enormous fire, which completely destroyed the Toys R Us, Clark Rubber and Autobarn stores, was put out about 3pm and firefighters were hosing down remanent flames.

No one was injured.

 

Much of North Mackay was in lockdown when an emergency situation was declared, causing major traffic chaos with local streets in gridlock.

 

Cjildren arrested

Four children were arrested in relation to a fire in Mackay.


At 4pm, police lifted the emergency situation and reopened all roads, but a public safety order is still in place because of police concerns about toxic smoke from burning chemicals in some of the shops.

 

Were you there? Did you witness the fire? Email pictures and news tips to pictorial@qnp.newsltd.com.au

A police spokeswoman confirmed four juveniles were in police custody in relation to the incident.

 

Mackay fire 1

A fire at Mackay destroyed several buildings in a shopping centre.


One is understood to be a 15-year-old girl.

 

The fire, first reported to police at around 11.45am, saw Toys'R'Us, Autobarn and Clark Rubber totally engulfed by flames and a huge smoke plume cover the area.

 

Up to ten fire crews were called to Greenfields Boulevard to fight the blaze, which continued burning for almost five hours after the first Triple-Zero call was made.

 

Mackay fire 2

A fire at Mackay destroyed several buildings in a shopping centre and caused a huge smoke plume in the area,


Busy Saturday trading at the Toys R Us Mackay saw a mass evacuation from the building, and at 1.20pm, the roof of the Toys R Us was reported to be caving in.

 

The Bruce Highway at Nebo and all surrounding streets were closed.

 

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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