The fire ignited in the car park of a Mooloolaba Esp high-rise building.
The fire ignited in the car park of a Mooloolaba Esp high-rise building. john mccutcheon

Mooloolaba fire destroys $20k of stock, appears deliberate

POLICE and fire investigators are looking into a car park fire that destroyed about $20,000 worth of stock at Mooloolaba in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Several 000 calls made at 4.25am alerted emergency services to smoke billowing from the basement of a five-story building at 77 Mooloolaba Esplanade.

Twenty-one fire fighters were sent to the high-rise where they donned breathing apparatus and contained the blaze to the basement level on First Ave.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Sunshine Coast area acting inspector Warren Hunter said it appeared a fire had been deliberately lit in or around three large, industrial plastic wheelie bins.

"On arrival, crews were met with quite an intense burning fire located in the vicinity of the bins," he said.

"The wheelie bins were located next to a wall and from there the fire has spread to a storage room for the chemist located upstairs.

"At this stage stock that was located in that storage room appears to be a write-off.

"It's estimated to be about $20,000 worth of stock.

"There was a vehicle in the vicinity that crews were able to protect."

The blaze is being treated as suspicious, and fire crews and police are investigating it.

Acting Insp Hunter said the incident was a reminder that keeping bins away from walls and buildings could help contain fire damage to bins if they were deliberately or accidentally lit.

"It's a good idea for people who have wheelie bins or industrial waste bins up against structures to move them away from buildings," he said.