Cocos reopens as Patton's takes stock of fire carnage
UPDATE: Temporary coldrooms will be brought in to Cocos Fresh Food Market at the Hooper Centre as the business bounces back from fire damage.
The store's fruit and vegetable coldroom was destroyed by a fire which originated in the neighbouring Patton's Discount Meats store last night.
Point of sale manager Jacinta Sparksman said Cocos opened for business a few hours late this morning but was now going to trade regular hours.
She said a full load of fruit and vegetables had been destroyed in the fire.
"We got it in that afternoon and it's all gone now," Miss Sparksman said.
Meanwhile, the owners of Patton's said they were too distraught to talk.
Staff members gathered out the front of the store throughout the day to offer assistance where they could.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service fire investigator Peter McCarron said it appeared the fire had started in a wrapping machine in the shop's processing room.
"I looked at all of the electrical equipment along one side and there is definite patterns showing in that area," Mr McCarron said.
"Most of the damage is in the processing room.
"There is a little bit of damage in the main display room and another processing room out the back.
He said the meat from the store would have to be thrown out.
"Patton's are going to be out of business for a little while."
EARLIER: A Toowoomba CBD shopping centre was evacuated overnight when fire broke out in one of its businesses.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Hooper Centre about 9.45pm and arrived to find large volumes of smoke billowing out of Patton's Discount Meats.
The centre located at the intersection of Hume and Herries Sts was evacuated.
Four firefighting units were used to extinguish the fire. Searches were conducted of all surrounding buildings.
The fire reportedly caused extensive damage to the butchery and the adjoining Cocos supermarket.
No people were injured in the incident.
Firefighters remained at the scene until 2.45am.
Fire investigators will return to the scene this morning.
Toowoomba Police said at this stage the fire is being treated as non-suspicious.
Cocos will remain closed this morning. It has sustained extensive damage to its fruit and vegetable cold room and offices.
Supermarket management will discuss with authorities whether it is safe to open later today.