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Fire in coffee roaster forces evacuation

Firefighters have extinguished a fire in a coffee roasting machine at Phillip.

Fifteen people were evacuated at Hansel & Gretel Café in Townshend Street and Altree Court just after 12.30pm, after coffee beans in the machine caught alight.

Authorities respond to a fire in a coffee roaster at Hansel & Gretel in Phillip. <i>Photo: Justin Gilmore</i>
Authorities respond to a fire in a coffee roaster at Hansel & Gretel in Phillip. Photo: Justin Gilmore 

Two fire pumpers were at the scene 45 minutes later, along with the specialist Breathing Apparatus van and a Command Officer, as crews conduct ventilation operations.

An ESA spokesman said 15 people had been evacuated as a precaution after smoke was issued the flu of the machine.

The fire caused minimal damage.