Fire

Crime scene established following ferocious Brisbane factory fire

UPDATE @ September 25, 6.00am: An emergency situation has been revoked following a ferocious factory fire in Virginia overnight.

The blaze broke out at an industrial building on Pritchard Road just after 3.30pm.

Police declared an emergency situation just after 4.00pm, however it was revoked just after 11.00pm last night.

The blaze forced the evacuation of several nearby shops and a petrol station, while residents in the area were also told to stay inside and close their windows due to toxic smoke.

A crime scene has since been declared.

Police say scientific officers and fire investigators will attend the scene this morning to determine whether they are able to safely investigate the cause.

EARLIER @ September 24, @ 4.55pm: POLICE have declared an emergency situation due to a dangerous fire currently burning at a factory in Virginia, in Brisbane’s north.

The blaze broke out at a business on Pritchard Road just after 3.30pm, forcing the evacuation of nearby shops and a petrol station.

A PSPA (Public Safety Preservation Act) was declared at 4.10pm, with police establishing an exclusion zone bordering Sandgate Road, Pritchard Road and Newton Street and a thoroughfare between Newton Street and Sandgate Road.

“The fire continues to burn and due to the toxic nature of the smoke residents in the area are being asked to remain in doors and close windows,” police said in a statement.

Sandgate Road remains open, however police are urging motorists to avoid the area due to major traffic delays.

EARLIER @ 4.30pm: A MAJOR fire has erupted at a business at Virginia, in Brisbane’s north.

The blaze is understood to have started in a factory on Pritchard Road just after 3.30pm.

Nearby shops and businesses have been evacuated whilst fire crews fight the massive, out-of-control blaze.

Surrounding petrol stations have even been forced to switch off their pumps.

Police have urged people in the area to remain indoors and close all windows due to “toxic smoke”.

Dollar Money

Four major banks ditch ATM withdrawal fees

UPDATE @ 6.25pm: FOUR major Australian banks have ditched their ATM withdrawal fees, meaning we will no longer have to pay that pesky $2 to withdraw money!

Commonwealth Bank was the first to make the move, announcing on Sunday morning that they were scrapping their fees to “benefit Australians”.

“Australians have complained for some time about being charged fees for using another bank’s ATM,” Matt Comyn, Group Executive, Retail Banking Services, said in a statement.

“We have been listening to consumer groups and our customers and understand that there’s a need to make changes that benefit all Australians, no matter who they bank with”.

It wasn’t long before ANZ, Westpac and NAB quickly followed suit.

“While we had been actively working on how we provide fee free ATMs for our customers, we have decided to remove these fees all together from October,” ANZ Group Executive Fred Ohlsson announced on Sunday afternoon.

NAB Chief Customer Officer of Consumer Banking and Wealth Andrew Hagger also released a statement confirming the news.

“All Australians, regardless of whether they bank with NAB or not, can use any of our ATMs and not be charged a cash withdrawal fee,” he said.

“This is a good outcome for customers. We know it has been frustrating for them to be charged to withdraw their own money from an ATM, and the change we are announcing today will benefit millions of Australians.”

Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.

EARLIER @ 11.30am: The Commonwealth Bank says it is making a change to “benefit many Australians”, after announcing it will scrap all ATM withdrawal fees.

But not everyone is convinced.

Even non-CommBank customers won’t be charged a withdrawal fee when they take cash out at any of the bank’s 3,400 ATMs across Australia.

“Australians have complained for some time about being charged fees for using another bank’s ATM,” Matt Comyn, Group Executive, Retail Banking Services, said in a statement.

The move is expected to save Australians around $500million, after RBA data showed that last year people made more than 250 million ATM withdrawals from banks other than their own.

“We have been listening to consumer groups and our customers and understand that there’s a need to make changes that benefit all Australians, no matter who they bank with,” Mr Comyn said.

“We think this change will benefit many Australians and hopefully demonstrate our willingness to listen and act on customer feedback.”

It will excludes Bankwest ATMs and customers using overseas cards.

People took to social media to discuss the move, with some welcoming it, while current CommBank customers aren’t seeing the benefit.

They believe it is actually reason to switch banks, as non-CommBank customers are the ones who will be better off.

Fire

BREAKING | Toxic smoke billowing from ferocious Brisbane factory fire

UPDATE @ 4.55pm: POLICE have declared an emergency situation due to a dangerous fire currently burning at a factory in Virginia, in Brisbane’s north.

The blaze broke out at a business on Pritchard Road just after 3.30pm, forcing the evacuation of nearby shops and a petrol station.

A PSPA (Public Safety Preservation Act) was declared at 4.10pm, with police establishing an exclusion zone bordering Sandgate Road, Pritchard Road and Newton Street and a thoroughfare between Newton Street and Sandgate Road.

“The fire continues to burn and due to the toxic nature of the smoke residents in the area are being asked to remain in doors and close windows,” police said in a statement.

Sandgate Road remains open, however police are urging motorists to avoid the area due to major traffic delays.

EARLIER @ 4.30pm: A MAJOR fire has erupted at a business at Virginia, in Brisbane’s north.

The blaze is understood to have started in a factory on Pritchard Road just after 3.30pm.

Nearby shops and businesses have been evacuated whilst fire crews fight the massive, out-of-control blaze.

Surrounding petrol stations have even been forced to switch off their pumps.

Police have urged people in the area to remain indoors and close all windows due to “toxic smoke”.

Men charged after ‘lifesaving’ defibrillators stolen from SE Qld shopping centre

TWO young men have been charged after two defibrillators were stolen from a Carindale shopping centre earlier this month.

The pair were taken into custody today, a day after Queensland Police released CCTV footage of the incident and appealed for public assistance.

Detectives said the lifesaving equipment was stolen from separate levels of the Carindale Street complex around 7.20pm on September 5.

One defibrillator has since been recovered, however the other unit remains outstanding.

An 18-year-old Salisbury man and a 22-year-old Parkinson man have both been charged with one count of stealing.

They are both due to appear in the Holland Park Magistrates Court next month.

 

Ambulance NSW

Pregnant woman rushed to hospital after car crashes into power pole

A pregnant woman has been rushed to hospital after her car collided with a power pole in Sydney’s inner west overnight.

The accident happened at the intersection of Parramatta and Liverpool roads at Ashfield, just before 11.30pm.

The 27-year-old driver, believed to be seven weeks pregnant, was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for assessment.

Police say the circumstances surrounding the crash are under investigation.