Rundle Mall fire that cleared Adelaide Fringe crowds deemed not suspicious





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February 16, 2020 11:34:11

SA Police now say a building fire in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall last night was not suspicious.

The fire in the state-heritage-listed building caused the evacuation of the shopping strip on one of Adelaide’s busiest nights of the year — the first Saturday of the Adelaide Fringe.

Police and fire crews were called to the blaze at 150–154 Rundle Mall about 7:30pm after a fire alarm went off in the building.

About 50 firefighters contained the fire before it could spread to neighbouring properties.

The area was cleared for about two hours as smoke billowed from the 1886-built building.

Police this morning said fire cause investigators believed the blaze was not deliberate but may have started by an electrical fault.

Police earlier said they were treating the fire as suspiciously lit.

The Metropolitan Fire Service estimated the damage at $500,000.

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February 16, 2020 11:08:54



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