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October 18, 2018

Asbestos roofing fully removed from fire damaged warehouse

Crew from Queensland Asbestos Management Services complete their final asbestos clean at the fire damaged warehouse in North Mackay.
Crew from Queensland Asbestos Management Services complete their final asbestos clean at the fire damaged warehouse in North Mackay. Peter Holt

ASBESTOS roof sheeting has been fully removed from the fire damaged warehouse in North Mackay that housed the Boomerang Secondhand store destroyed by fire in late April.

Reconstruction work on the World War Two era building on Harbour Road is expected to begin within weeks once final clearance is given by Work Health and Safety Queensland..

The cleanup of the historic Walkers Market shed began in mid-July and the slow process involved removing the asbestos debris after the roof collapsed during the blaze.

A crew from Queensland Asbestos Management Services (QAMS) are finalising their decontamination work to ensure all particles are removed with a final clean of the timber framework.

QAMS employees work on demolition of Walkers Market shed on Harbour Road, Mackay. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury
QAMS employees work on demolition of Walkers Market shed on Harbour Road, Mackay. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury Peter Holt

A Work Health and Safety Queensland spokesman said the asbestos contaminated material and debris was transported to an asbestos waste facility in accordance with government requirements.

Police have charged two youths with arson as a result of the fire.

QAMS employees work on demolition of Walkers Market shed on Harbour Road, Mackay. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury
QAMS employees work on demolition of Walkers Market shed on Harbour Road, Mackay. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury Peter Holt

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Asbestos roofing fully removed from fire damaged warehouse