The much-loved Global Ripple Op Shop in the Byron Arts & Industrial Estate has been gutted in major a fire that also struck Byron Bay taxis and the Suby cafe.
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) received numerous calls about the fire in the business in Grevillea Street just after 8.30pm.
The first fire crews on scene quickly called in backup as the shop and warehouse began collapsing.
Firefighters used power tools to cut access points through the metal sheet exterior and attacked the blaze from four sides.
Supported by 10 FRNSW trucks and four Rural Fire Service tankers, authorities were concerned about a number of LPG cylinders stored in a taxi base next door and a fallen powerline nearby.
Neighbouring homes were evacuated as a safety measure.
No-one was injured.
Firefighters battled the blaze for six hours and managed to contain the flames to the 18 x 30-metre, two level building, saving nearby properties.
Just after 7.30am today, the fire re-ignited and began smouldering.
It was quickly extinguished by FRNSW crews, who will remain at the property today as a precaution.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Video footage of the fire can be viewed here.
In an emotional post on social media this morning, the co-owner of Global Ripple, Jacqui Boyett said she was ‘gutted, physically and emotionally’.
‘What a sad night. Our beautiful baby “ Global Ripple” has been put to rest tonight temporarily,’ said Ms Boyett, who is the Shire’s current citizen of the year.
‘But she will rise again only bigger and better thanks to the many beautiful hearts that surround her!!!’
Global Ripple is non-profit organisation that supports individuals and communities by helping them to access medical and dental care, food and supportive networks.
It also provides assistance through education and start up small business funding.
Ms Boyett and her team and now asking for help to find a temporary new space so that it can continue operating and doing its charity work in the community.
‘Basically we’re desperate to find a premises to rebuild the magic,’ Ms Boyett told The Echo.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact Ms Boyett on 0490451746, or the business on 0457192225. You can also email them at [email protected]