Dance students (from left) Blythe Kudne, 9, Ashe Kunde, 5, and Mandy Kendall, 10, have lost their studio. Photo: MIchelle Smith
Dance students (from left) Blythe Kudne, 9, Ashe Kunde, 5, and Mandy Kendall, 10, have lost their studio. Photo: MIchelle Smith

Students distraught at studio's demise



JANINE Stag took a walk yesterday through the charred remains of her West Ipswich dance studio's side veranda.

It was the first time the owner of Performance Plus Dance Studio had a chance to look at the damage caused by a deliberately lit fire on Saturday.

Ms Slag said it looked worse from inside the building. "The speakers, mirrors and a sound-proof door that was worth $10,000 have all gone," Ms Slag said.

Internal air-conditioning systems were melted as well as chairs, coat hangers, tables and thousands of dollars in CDs, which Ms Slag said were irreplaceable.

Dance instructor Cathy Murison said they had received calls from several Ipswich and Brisbane dance schools to help with available rooms for exams.

"We are sad but this won't beat us. We will get past this," Ms Murison said.

Ms Slag said the damage was disheartening.

"There is just water everywhere. My stereo was melted. I'm trying to salvage a few things," Ms Slag said.

"Now I'm at the stage of having to replace everything. There is only so much insurance can cover."

Yesterday bunches of flowers were placed outside the dance studio on Waghorn Street, which was built four years ago. A large number of students visited the studio to see the extent of the damage caused by the blaze.

Maddy Kendall, 10, said it was "upsetting" to see the charred studio.

All this is so scary. It's all black inside," Maddy said. Police said the blaze, which started about 9.30pm, was one of three suspiciously lit fires in the area on Saturday, and investigations were continuing.

Ms Slag said her concern now was to find somewhere to teach her students until the end of the year.

"We want to find somewhere in Ipswich," she said.

"The students have exams soon.



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