Fire at Cessnock’s Balloon Worx brings out community spirit

The owners of Balloon Worx have been overwhelmed by the community support they have received since fire ripped through the Vincent Street store on Sunday morning.
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Clint Ekert, who runs the business with his mother Judy, said he had been offered space in four shops by Sunday night.

“We’ve even had people stopping us in the streets, offering us anything we can,” he said.

The Ekerts received the call from the fire brigade just after 4.30am Sunday.

It is believed an electrical fault started the fire.

“The firies did a really great job to make sure it didn’t spread any further; I think there were six tanks there at one stage,” Clint said.

All of Balloon Worx’s stock, computers and printers were destroyed in the fire. Their event decorating supplies are kept off site.

They have secured a new shopfront (the former Larry Hafey Law Practice at 114 Vincent Street) and will hopefully be re-stocked and open tomorrow.

It’s been a tough couple of years for Balloon Worx – storm water flooded the store in March last year and there have been a number of thefts, break-ins and vandalism attacks.

But the Ekerts won’t let it get them down.

“It won’t beat us…we’ll be back bigger and better,” Clint said.

SUPPORT: Clint Ekert inside Balloon Worx that was damaged by a fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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