Bundaberg’s unique Church Pharmacy has been significantly damaged by fire.
The pharmacy, housed in the iconic former Church of Christ building which was built following the Great Depression, suffered heat and smoke damage, as well as fire damage to an area at the rear of the building, the ABC reports.
The pharmacy was locked at the time and nobody was inside.
“Unfortunately, the Church Pharmacy caught fire earlier this morning,” a representative of the pharmacy wrote on its Facebook page.
“While the fire has been extinguished, the damage it caused is still here. As of such, we will not be open today.
“As the situation progresses, we’ll try and keep people updated. Thank you for your support.”
Several messages of support were posted by community members, expressing concern for the owner Brett Byrne and family and hope that the pharmacy will be back in action soon.
Byrne told the Bundaberg NewsMail that he received a call about the fire at 5.26am and that by the time he got there just before six, the place was “well and truly alight”.
“I’m probably still running on adrenaline at the minute,” he told the NewsMail. “It probably hasn’t sunk in because there’s been so many things to sort out.”
He is trying to secure new premises and hopes to be up and running again soon.
Image: Church Pharmacy