Emergency crews on scene at the blaze beside the
Geelong Bandidos clubhouse. Picture: Nigel Hallett
UPDATE: FIRE crews have managed to save
Geelong’s Bandidos clubhouse after fire engulfed a bike shop next door.
Police and CFA were alerted to the blaze after
reports of thick smoke about 9pm. The fire was put out at 12.40am.
The clubhouse on Bayldon Court in Breakwater
was at serious risk alongside other businesses in the small court.
More than 30 Bandidos club members watched the
blaze from a police roadblock, with more arriving at regular intervals.
The Breakwater clubhouse was at serious risk.
Picture: Nigel Hallett
Fire crews battling the blaze. Picture: Nigel
Many appeared frustrated that they weren’t
able to gain access close to the scene, fearing club member’s bikes were inside
the burning shop.
The CFA said the fire started at 8.57pm and
nine trucks were on scene battling the blaze.
Police at the scene. Picture: Nigel Hallett.
The fire comes after police raided eight
residential properties attached to the motorcycle club on Wednesday.
Police had vowed to shut down the Geelong
Bandidos bikie club after the raids, in which guns, drugs and luxury vehicles
Fire crews and police will investigate today
to determine if the fire is suspicious.
Bandidos watch on. Picture: Nigel Hallett