A motorcycle repair shop at Ridgehaven in
Adelaide's north-east has been destroyed by fire, but police are not
commenting on possible links to bikie gangs.
Police and fire crews were called to the
business Hyperperformance Cycles on Norma Avenue just after 2:30am.
Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS)
station officer Kevin Ryan said it took 50 firefighters hours to control
the blaze, which was fuelled by oil and paint and is believed to be
"The main problem is possible
structural collapse because of the intensity of the fire earlier on," he
"And also, we are dealing with an
acetylene bottle which requires a long time to cool down."
The building has been gutted but
neighbouring businesses were saved, with crews on scene this morning
mopping up hot spots.
Dan Lester owns a gym that backs onto
the workshop and said his business had also been damaged.
"It affects my business, my
livelihood... I've got kids mouths to feed and stuff like that," he
"It is what it is and it could have
been worse so hopefully we get to the bottom of it and keep trading as
The MFS said the building had not been
used as a business in recent weeks.
It appears that is because its owner
Andrew Peter Stevens was recently detained by the Immigration
An online petition by his family said
his visa has been cancelled because he was a member of a motorcycle
It said Mr Stevens moved to Australia
from the UK as a nine-year-old.
Police would not comment on the fire's
possible links to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Several motorcycles and tools were
inside the building.
The MFS said the fire caused about