On 23 December 2017, almost five months to the day after the blaze that almost destroyed the Banjo’s Rosny Park bakery the Tasmania Fire Service crew who attended the fire have reopened it!
On July 25 a gas explosion sparked a major fire at the Banjo’s store, forcing an evacuation of the staff, customers and surrounding businesses and streets.
“Without the rapid response from store manager and staff, and hard work of the Tasmania Fire Service, along with the efficient evacuation of the building and surrounding properties a real tragedy could have occurred.
“Four fire crews arrived very quickly to contain and extinguish the fire, after which the area was cleared of any potential hazards.
“As a token of our appreciation Banjo’s management and staff have donated some Christmas hampers to the Women’s Shelter charity which was nominated by the Tasmania Fire Service, hopefully these can be used to raise funds for the Women’s Shelter.” Ms Saxby said.
During the rebuilding the Rosny Park staff were redeployed to other stores around Hobart, and today is a great occasion for them to return to their newly refurbished cafe.
In all the fire caused $1m in damage and 25 builders worked tirelessly to rebuild the store in record time.
Ms Saxby thanked the Rosny Park store staff for being so calm during a terrifying ordeal and for also remaining loyal to Banjo’s during the rebuilding phase. She says it shows that Banjo’s inclusive, family like culture builds loyalty, skills and resilience.
The store is now open with a wonderful fresh new look and the same familiar staff faces… Pop in and say hello today!