Kosher caterer’s premises destroyed by fire

February 6, 2015 by Henry Benjamin
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The premises of Peter Unger Catering in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran have been destroyed by fire…but it is business as usual.

Smoke billows from the scene of the fire   Photo: Facebook

Smoke billows from the scene of the fire Photo: Facebook

J-Wire spoke to Celine Winter who has worked for the Kosher caterer for 43 years of its 50 years in business.

Winter was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after being evacuated with another worker during the fire on Wednesday.

She told J-Wire: “The fire was caused by an electric fault in the roof. It was a quiet day and there were only two of us in the factory. In the 43 years I have been with the company it was the first time we had been shut down.

Mt Scopus children tour the Peter Unger factory   Photo: Facebook

Mt Scopus children tour the Peter Unger factory Photo: Facebook

But the lack of premises will not stop Peter Unger Catering.

“We have a kiddush to cater and we will use Elwood Synagogue’s kitchen. We will be able to manage all existing bookings.”

Peter Unger Catering services kosher functions only and expects to find temporary premises in the very near future.

The company backed up Sydney’s Kosher meals on wheels service when the organisation’s caterer went in to liquidation.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman Steve Moore told media that at least 17 vehicles had been sent to battle the fire, which was around 20 by 30 metres in size.

“The fire was well alight when the first crews arrived with buildings being threatened on both sides,” he said. Residents in the surrounding area were also evacuated.

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One Response to “Kosher caterer’s premises destroyed by fire”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    Business as usual, you say; well I’d like to know how smoked is now the salmon !!!

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