An early morning fire has forced iconic Queenstown burger joint Fergburger to close its doors.
But it could have been worse – Fire Service risk manager Stu Ide says quick thinking of staff means the damage to the infamous eatery was limited.
The fire service was called to the scene shortly after 4.15am.
“It was a very simple fire,” Ide says.
“The staff performed admirably. They did everything they needed to do within the time frames they had and were able to suppress the fire.
“We would be looking at far greater damage if they hadn’t taken the steps they did.”
The fire started when a tray of bacon fat ignited.
He says the business will have to change existing safety processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Dave Christie from Queenstown fire service attended and was also quick to praise staff.
“Fergburger staff did a great job; they did really well. If they hadn’t it could have been much worse.”
While they put a fire blanket over the flames and used fire extinguishers, flames were still coming through.
“We managed to get it under control before it got out of hand,” he says.
General manager Stephen Bradley says he is unsure when the eatery will reopen and they are currently working through their safety processes.
“We’re doing everything we can to get back up and running as soon as possible.”
Only last Saturday at the Chamber of Commerce-organised business awards.