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WA print fire no joke for owner

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
By Print21
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Weekend blaze gutted WA print shop, Dynamic Print to an estimated $2 million worth of damage, with property and assets left unsalvageable.

According to co-owner Brad Humble, when the police called him on Sunday to inform him that his business of five years was on fire, he hung up on them, thinking it was a bad joke. Unfortunately real, even with a large turnout of firemen to control the blaze, nothing useable remained.

He says the Bunbury-based print business is fully covered for the fire. He is currently dealing with insurance and meeting with local printers to help keep customers happy.

“One of the bigger printers out in Perth, Port Printing, is going to try to help us support our customers until we have a firm idea on how we are going to rebuild. We are also liaising with Express Print, and We Print It in Bunbury.

“All of our presses and computers are gone, including the storeroom of consumables and paper,” he said.

Taken by the fire were two Heidelberg Speedmasters, two GTOs and an MO. Also unsalvageable was a Fuji Xerox digital press.

The print shop was run by 11 staff including prepress and printers, sales and managers, and part time people. No one was inside at the time of the fire.

Humble says it could take anywhere between six months to a year to get the print shop back up and running, and as the company did not own the building it occupied, where it might relocate is in question.

WA Police are currently investigating the cause of the fire, which caused property damage in excess of $500,000.

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