Channel 7’s Tim Noonan reporting live at the official opening of the Chinatown Plaza launch. Opened by the Governor of SA His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC and the Minister for Trade Tourism & Investment Hon David Ridgway.
Businesses affected by the devastating Chinatown fire will be helped by a community fundraising event on Tuesday. All money raised at the 2018 Chinatown Fire Benefit will be used to assist business owners and staff who have been left out of pocket after a blaze ripped through a Chinatown building on the corner of Grote and Moonta streets in the city about 1am last Tuesday. The fire, believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault in a fridge, caused $1.5 million damage and destroyed Asian supermarket Oriental Mart and Bing restaurant. It also damaged other shops, including Dumpling King, Sys Souvenirs, Holiday Travel and Grote St Dental. Some of the businesses are expected to remain shut for up to nine months as owners rebuild. The benefit, organised by not-for-profit organisation Chinatown Adelaide South Australia, will be a cocktail event, including drinks and food, in the Chinatown Plaza Food Court,
Adelaide police now say they don’t believe a fire that affected up to a dozen Chinatown businesses was deliberately lit, after earlier describing it as “suspicious”. The Metropolitan Fire Service said firefighters arrived in Grote Street shortly after 1:00 am to find “an intense fire” in a shop that was burning through the roof and rapidly spreading to neighbouring shops. More than 70 firefighters then worked to put the fire out and they contained it within an hour. The MFS said the fire’s “rapid spread” meant that three shops were “significantly impacted”, with two — a supermarket and a restaurant — being gutted and a third that sold shoes and clothing being heavily fire-damaged. “There was a pretty bright orange glow coming from the top [of the building complex],” the MFS’s David Juniper said. “Very heavily smoke-logged internally. So it was very hard to determine where the origin of the
Chinatown Plaza is now open!