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Capital coffee shop almost roasted thanks to fire in chimney

Aug 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Most Popular, News



Daniel Ghoussoub, Group Operations Manager and Belinda Beckett, Manager

Fire disrupted traffic around a busy Wellington intersection early this afternoon.

The coffee roaster at Gentleman Beans on the corner of Courtenay Place and Taranaki St caught fire about 1.45pm.

Five appliances attended the fire, which Brooklyn station officer Trevor Tofts says started in the roaster’s chimney.

“Basically what happens is it gets a lot of residue in there and because of the build-up of it, it just caught fire.”

Gentleman Beans employee Noah Davies says fires are common in coffee roasting, but it was the first one the shop has had.

“The roaster’s quite small, so it’s probably not as common as it is at places with larger roasters” he says.

Harry Hewitt, who works in the adjoining pizza store Tommy Millions, says the fire caught him by surprise.

We were just in there and noticed a whole lot of people looking at it. Then the firemen came and we had to leave because it’s part of the same building.”

Noah Davies says the fire shouldn’t cause too much disruption and Gentleman Beans would be open again soon.

“It’s just a quick clean-up, a chimney sweep,” he says.

The adjacent pizza shop, Tommy Millions, was already serving customers again by the time firefighters left the scene, at around 2.30pm.

The NewsWire team is: Dan Mageean, Jacob Faifai, Blair Mockett, Tom Headland,  James Malthus, Abe Leach, Salli Muyoma, Mervin Johnson, Laura Keown, Ireland Hendry-Tennent, Amy McEwen.


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