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Explosion rips through city building
From: AAP
May 02, 2006

A HUGE blast which ripped through an Adelaide city building early today, showering debris across a main street, could have been much worse, police said today.

One person connected to a business in the CBD building remains unaccounted for, but as yet there have been no reports of injuries.
The explosion and fire severely damaged the building in Pirie Street about 3am (CST) with authorities calling in engineers to determine its safety.

Superintendent Paul Schramm said the situation could have been much worse had the blast happened later in the day in the usually busy retail and business section of the city.

"If it had happened other than in the early hours of this morning, clearly there would have been significant injuries," he said.

The blast appeared to have been centred in the basement of the building which housed a retail wine outlet, a cafe and a sports store on the first floor.

It blew out the front and rear sections of the building with the force of the explosion also causing a major section of wall to collapse.
So severe was the blast that a building across the street also was damaged.

Sports store owner Tom Warhurst, a former Adelaide Crows AFL player, said he expected the building which housed his business to be demolished.

Police said sections of Pirie Street were likely to remain closed today causing disruptions for office staff, businesses and retail outlets in the area as well as traffic disruptions.

Supt Schramm also declared an area around the damaged building a dangerous zone, with public access limited.
 

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jeesus. lucky it was at 3am.
bit of a worry being located next to Aussie Disposals?
 

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Cul, to give you the benefit of not knowing, someone that some of the forum members here know, may have unfortunately been killed, and another lost their business. So, maybe a little sensitivity could be used here please?

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^ take it easy pikey. no one was killed or injured. it was 3am in morning.why would owner by inside? ill remove marty martian if it makes you feel better.
 

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So you can see everything from fucking Sydney hey?? Fucking know it all.


Cafe owner missing after building blast
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May 02, 2006


POLICE fear for the safety of an Adelaide man missing after an early morning explosion in a central city building.
Investigators are trying to enter the building in Pirie Street after an explosion severely damaged the premises about 3am (CST) today.

Police said there were concerns for the owner of a cafe, one of three businesses in the building.

Officers were unable to contact him and his car had been found parked behind the building, Superintendent Paul Schramm said.

"So we can't completely rule out the fact that there may be an injured person in the building," Supt Schramm said.

"We don't want to speculate further on that.

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"We have been in contact with the relatives. Obviously they are extremely concerned.

"As soon as we can safely enter the building and confirm whether or not anyone is injured, we will do so and notify the relatives.

"We are doing our very best to get in as soon as we can, safely."

The blast blew out the front and rear sections of the building and caused a big section of wall to collapse.

It also showered debris across the street and damaged a second building.

The explosion appeared to have been sparked in the basement of the building which housed a retail wine outlet, a cafe and a sports store on the first floor.

There has been some speculation gas may have triggered the explosion.

Supt Schramm said the situation could have been much worse had the blast happened later in the day in the usually busy retail and business section of the city.

"If it had happened other than in the early hours of this morning, clearly there would have been significant injuries," he said.

Supt Schramm said the front facade of 121 Pirie Street was extremely dangerous and would likely have to be brought down later today.

An area around the building has been declared a danger zone, limiting public access.

An employee of the cafe, Lisa Brook, said the missing man was dedicated to his business.

She said it was not unusual for him to be at work at such an early hour of the day.

``He's a bit of a workaholic,'' she said.

Ms Brooks said she had only been working at the cafe for six months but already felt at home and was trying to stay calm for the sake of the man's family.

``The family are fairly positive people,'' she said.
 

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^ take it easy pikey. no one was killed or injured. it was 3am in morning.why would owner by inside? ill remove marty martian if it makes you feel better.
Cul, you're just making this up, right?

The owner of the cafe was in there. The cafe mostly does business catering and office worker trade so he gets an early start. 3am seems unusually early, but for whatever reason, he was there and hasn't been accounted for.
 

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^im only going off a radio blog i heard.
as i said pikey, take it easy.no need for abuse
 

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we do get updated news here pikey. even bad news.



Body found at cafe blast site
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May 02, 2006

Rubble ... the site of the cafe explosion / AAP THE body of a man has been found in an Adelaide cafe destroyed in an explosion early today.

Police said the body was located at the back of the cafe following a search of the premises.
Emergency services spent several hours searching the Pirie Street building, which houses the cafe and two other businesses in the city centre, after the man's vehicle was located nearby shortly after the 3am (CST) blast.

A police spokesman said the body was yet to be formally identified but was believed to be that of the missing man.

"A short time ago the body of a middle-aged man was located at the back of the premises.

"This brings to a conclusion the tragic circumstances for the family," South Australian police Superintendent Paul Schramm said at the scene.


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A post-mortem examination would be held tomorrow.
The blast blew out the front and rear sections of the building and caused a major section of wall to collapse.

It also showered debris across the street and damaged a second building.

The explosion appeared to have been sparked in the basement of the building which housed a retail wine outlet, a cafe and a sports store on the first floor.

There has been some speculation gas may have triggered the explosion.

Supt Schramm said the situation could have been much worse had the blast happened later in the day in the usually busy retail and business section of the city.

"If it had happened other than in the early hours of this morning, clearly there would have been significant injuries," he said.

Supt Schramm said the front facade of 121 Pirie Street was extremely dangerous and would likely have to be brought down later today.

An area around the building has been declared a danger zone, limiting public access..
 

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yes,article says they have found body of owner. i joked BEFORE they found body. so please forgive joke.
im trying to work out why owner was there at 3am and there the involvement of gas?
 

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Its not as uncommon as you guys think for someone to be up at 3am working.

Btw, give Cul a break, he hasnt said anything offensive.

Oh and police arent ruling out that it was a bomb blast.
 
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