Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife, edgy and dull
And cut a six inch valley through the middle of my skull
That’s how I feel right now. I’ve got a headache that could be measured on the Richter scale, so posting will be light.
That lyric above came from Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire, and this was the scene yesterday in Hobart’s central business district.
It started around 4pm, though we didn’t know about it until around 6.30pm, when it was dark enough outside that we could see it from our kitchen windows. The building that’s on fire there dates back to around 1836 and it houses the biggest department store in Hobart. it’s called Myer.
I don’t think our little city fully understands the repercussions that this might have yet. Not only do you have the initial property destruction and stock losses, there’ll be job losses and no income from that retail space for the next few years when/if someone rebuilds there. Hobart’s a small city and the 3 or so floors of the Myer department store and adjoining small businesses make up around 20% or so of the retail business floor space in town.
The good news is that all staff and customers are believed to have been evacuated safely.
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