Significant fire damage caused to the inside of Go Bananas fruit and vegetable shop, Nuriootpa, early Monday morning continues to be investigated as suspicious, police reveal.
Officers and fire crews from Nuriootpa were called to the premise on the corner of Murray Street and Old Kapunda Road, at about 3.15am on June 11 after receiving reports of a fire.
The damage bill is estimated at $70,000.
CFS crews attended and quickly extinguished the blaze.
However, the premise could not be saved from extensive damage caused to the inside of the shop.
Blackened windows and large patches of charred corrugated iron were visual from the outside.
The fruit and vegetable shop was opened to the public in June 2016 by Kev and Di Williams.
The couple, who are believed to be overseas, shared how they were keen to deliver a market-style fresh produce experience to the region.
Following on from the Nuriootpa shop’s success, in December 2017 Mrs Williams shared the opening of a second site at Murray Street, Tanunda, in the former Barossa Music Centre.
The Williams’ also told the Herald they had been selling fresh produce to the public for more than 30 years.
“You can expect good quality fruit and veg as well as friendly people,” Mrs Williams had said.
On Monday morning a Barossa Crime Investigation Branch detectives and a fire cause investigators attended the scene, with a member of Barossa Police, inspected the site.
Nuriootpa CFS members also returned to assist with the investigations.
The fire’s devastation also caused passersby to stop and inspect the site from the footpath. Others took to social media to share of the “sad” and “horrible” news.
SA Police continue to call on anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity or vehicles in the main street of Nuriootpa overnight of June 10 and 11.
They are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The public can also report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au and police say that timely reporting will greatly assist their ongoing investigations.