Project Description

Myer Fire, 2007

On the afternoon of 22 September 2007, a fire broke out in the Myer store in the centre of the Hobart CBD, which eventually destroyed the complete Liverpool Street section of the building and, at one stage, threatened the rest of the CBD.

JMG was called in during the fire to assess the structural stability of building elements ensuring the overall safety of fire crews.

Our role as structural advisor to Tasmanian Fire Service continued until an acceptable level of public safety was restored.  All affected properties were assessed for structural damage and JMG oversaw the demolition of the Myer building.

Key Issues

  • Public safety
  • Risk assessed on the run
  • Heritage vs safety vs commercial issues
  • Different behaviour of building structures

For additional information on JMG’s structural engineering services, contact Grant Atherton on (03) 62312555 or email

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