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Surfers Paradise restaurant evacuated after fire breaks out

A Surfers Paradise restaurant was forced to evacuate overnight after a clothes dryer burst into flames.

It happened at a business along Cavill Avenue just before 11.00 pm, with emergency services rushing to the scene.

Three fire crews were there, reporting a strong electrical smell on arrival.

They quickly found the source of smoke at the back of the business, in what appeared to be a clothes dryer.

It took firefighters around half an hour to have the fire completely out.

They remained on scene ventilating the area and clearing smoke, before leaving it in the hands of police just before midnight.

Paramedics were on standby but luckily no one required assessment as a result of the blaze.

Wintery blast wakes the Gold Coast with coldest morning of the year

Winter is well and truly on its way for the Gold Coast, with parts of the region waking to their coldest morning of the year.

It’s just two degrees out in Canungra this morning, while Coolangatta woke to just seven degrees.

It’s part of a high-pressure system affecting the whole of the southeast, resulting in clear skies and no cloud cover, leaving us exposed to chilly temps once the sun leaves us.

It’s bringing south-westerly winds which comes with the very cold temps from further inland.

Our overnight lows are nothing compared to parts of the Scenic Rim, who’ve woken to sub-zero temperatures.

Applethorpe recorded -2.3 degrees around 6.30 am, while Roma was at -2.4 degrees.

The Bureau’s now forecasting a possible return of cloud cover from tomorrow, with a chance of showers around the Gold Coast as well.

Here’s the forecast for the week so far.

Gold Coast Titans pushed out of top 8 thanks to Panther’s thrashing

The Titans Coach says last night’s dismal loss wasn’t all bad, impressed with his side’s second-half performance with just 12 onfield.

The Gold Coast side went down 48-12 to the Panthers, allowing the Penrith side to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

After a first half thrashing, the Gold Coast was facing an even tougher second half once Herman Ese’Ese was sent off for a high tackle on Panther’s Brian To’o.

Coach Justin Holbrook admitted post-match that it was pretty disappointing.

“We were the last game, we had all the time in the world to get our house in order, and it was just a completely reckless decision on his behalf and we’ll have to pay the price for it,” Holbrook said.

The send-off left the struggling side with just 12 players in the second half, but the coach says it was a pretty impressive performance from there.

“Obviously I’m still really proud of the second half, and I know that the game was gone, but to have 12 men against that side and to nearly keep them to 12 all in the second half, and we had two or three times over the line and just couldn’t get it down,” Justin Holbrook said.

The loss now pushes the Titans out of the NRL top eight, as the club nervously waits for the match review committee’s charge sheet today.

Gold Coast Police

Group charged over wild car chase across the Gold Coast

Four people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been charged after a wild car chase across the Gold Coast overnight in an allegedly stolen car.

Police noticed the stolen vehicle at around 11.00 pm along Cayuga Street in Nerang, where it then evaded officers.

They were able to track it to Hope Island Road just after midnight where they deployed a tyre deflation device.

It then finally came to a stop along Abrahams Road in Coomera, where police found four occupants in the car and arrested them all.

A 28-year-old Biggera Waters man was charged with one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, evade police, unlicensed driving and fraud. He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today.

A 26-year-old Caboolture woman was charged with one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, receiving tainted property, possessing dangerous drugs and possess drug utensil.

A 22-year-old Russell Island woman was charged with one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possess dangerous drugs and she is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates court on June 1.

A 14-year-old Southport boy was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possess dangerous drugs, enter premises and commit indictable offence and enter premises with intent. He is due to appear in the Southport Children’s Court, May 19.

Police will allege the car was stolen from an address on the Brisbane Corso in Yeronga around 4.00 am yesterday, May 16.

Investigations are still underway.

Power Lines Electricity

More than 1200 homes without power on the Gold Coast

More than 1200 homes and businesses have lost power on the Gold Coast today.

The outage struck around 11.30am on Saturday, with Surfers Paradise appearing to be the most affected suburb at this stage.

Around 1009 properties in Surfers are without power, while almost 300 homes in Main Beach have also been affected.

The cause of the outage is not yet known, however, Energex says investigations are underway.

Crews are currently on scene working to fix the issue as soon as possible.