Updated April 30, 2020 07:14:53An expert study into how a major fire destroyed nearly 200,000 homes in the western Australian town of Woomera has found that the fire has caused some Hatch embroidered hats to tumble to the ground.
Key points:The study found the damage was minimal and only caused by an extremely dry and hot dayThe study was led by Dr Stephen Tait at the University of AdelaideThe study examined how the blaze affected a variety of products and materials including the craft itselfThe study involved a variety the Hatch embroiders.
The fire, which began on March 15, 2016, raged across central Queensland, destroying more than 100 homes.
Firefighter Jason Kallum found the blaze on March 17, 2016 and worked with emergency services to contain it, before he was able to put out the blaze himself.
Firefighters say they had no other choice than to extinguish the blaze by themselves.
But Dr Tait said while it was the first time they had observed such damage to the Hatch brand embroiderying, it was nothing compared to the damage done to the clothing themselves.
“The damage was relatively small,” Dr Titch said.
“It wasn’t even that big.
It’s really just a bit of fabric, it’s really nothing, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
The study also looked at the impact of dry weather and hot temperatures.
“We were really surprised at the number of hatpins that had fallen,” Dr Trachtenberg said.
He said the damage to Hatch embroidring was minimal, and there was no indication that the materials were not waterproof.
“There’s no water on the hatpins,” he said.
The study looked at materials used in the production of the embroidering, as well as their durability and wear.
Dr Tait and his colleagues found that while some of the materials had been damaged, most were not.
“In terms of durability, they were really very, very good,” Dr Spero said.
Dr Tracht said the research was not a final conclusion on the damage caused by the fire.
“If it was going to cause harm, then it would have been much more serious and we wouldn’t be able to study the damage that we did see in terms of wear,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“But it’s very, extremely unlikely that it would cause the hatpin industry to collapse, because the damage would be minimal.”
Dr Spera said it was important to look at other factors, such as what kind of materials were used and how they were manufactured, before making any conclusions about the impact on the industry.
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