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Fire in coffee roaster forces evacuation

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

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.

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.

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