A fire at a karaoke bar in Burwood, NSW caused only cosmetic damage to a
neighbouring property thanks to the use of Gyprock Fyrchek plasterboard, which
stood up to the flames.
The fire at the karaoke bar fully engulfed the brick building and
threatened to spread to the adjoining residential boarding properties. The
boarding properties had been built with CSR Gyprock Fyrchek plasterboard, which
ultimately saved the building from the spread of fire and extensive fire
Builders inspecting the property after the fire attributed the minimal
damage to the use of Gyprock Fyrchek. Featuring a processed glass
fibre-reinforced gypsum core, the product is specially designed for use in fire
rated wall and ceiling systems as well as in applications requiring acoustic
Michael Doueihi from Dynamic Project Management, the firm that constructed
the boarding properties explained that they built them in accordance with fire
regulations; the use of Fyrchek plasterboard saved lives, property and
possessions, and proved its importance as a quality, fire resistant product.
Though most of the damage to the residential boarding properties was
caused by smoke, heat and water from the fire hoses, some heat damage to sections
of walls will require repairs to be done to ensure fire safety compliance.
Rectification work is expected to take approximately two months before
residents can move back into their apartments; however, the damage to the brick
building at the karaoke bar will take much longer to repair.
Gyprock Commercial Segment Manager Antoine Veling comments that they are
proud to see Fyrchek’s ability to prevent the spread and impact of the blaze,
ensuring minimal damage and inconvenience to all affected. He also commended
the builder for ensuring his plasterboard contractor followed CSR Gyprock’s