Fire clean up underway as soot-covered cars emerge
UPDATE 10.45AM: Hotel guests drove their soot-covered vehicles from beneath Osprey Apartments this morning to check for damage in the bright light of day.
The underground car park where at least one car was extensively damaged by fire yesterday afternoon was in near complete darkness this morning.
Sydney resident Greg MacMahon noticed the plastic roof rack holders on his Toyota LandCruiser had started to peel back.
Mr MacMahon had driven up to Mooloolaba for the national surf life saving titles.
The top half of the car was covered in thick, black soot.
He said guests were allowed to return to their rooms last night but entry to the car park was not allowed until this morning.
His brother Peter MacMahon, also from Sydney, had only arrived at the hotel about five minutes before yesterday's fire broke out.
He evacuated and rang Greg, who came straight back to the hotel on a shuttle bus.
The brothers said guests had to evacuate again shortly after 1am today after a fire alarm went off.
Greg said the incident had been a bit of a hassle but the hotel management and emergency services had handled it pretty well.
"They've done the best they can with what they had to work with," Mr MacMahon said.
A fire investigator was this morning working to confirm the cause of the fire.
Police yesterday said it appeared the fire had started in a storage area and spread to a car parked nearby.
UPDATE 6PM: An electrical fault in a storage room is believed to started a fire that caused the evacuation of the Osprey Apartments building in Mooloolaba this afternoon.
Sunshine Coast police district officer Inspector Mike Miley said the fire had possibly been caused by a power tool.
Insp Miley said it appeared to have spread to a car that was parked very close to the storage area.
He said the car sustained substantial damage to the front while other vehicles nearby were also damaged.
Osprey Apartments building manager Greg Taylor said the complex had been fully booked with about 100 people.
He said about 30 or 40 of those guests were at the building when the fire broke out about 3.45pm.
They were all safely evacuated and waited on the footpath while the smoke was cleared away.
No one was injured.
Authorities expect guests will be allowed to return to their rooms this evening.
EARLIER: SMOKE is pouring from a building on Buderim Ave as fire fighters work on a car park blaze.
Residents at the Osprey apartment building have been evacuated.
Firefighters are working in the underground carpark to extinguish cars that have caught alight.
There are no reports of any injuries or entrapments.
Dozens of people have gathered on the hill to watch the drama unfold.
Five fire crews are on the scene.
More to come.