Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'There Is Nothing Left'; Blaze Destroys Tennis Champion's Dream

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'There Is Nothing Left'; Blaze Destroys Tennis Champion's Dream

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LISMORE tennis champion Brendon Moore has spoken of the devastating fire which reduced his "career, passion and livelihood to rubble in mere minutes".

In the early hours of Friday morning, a fire broke out at the new multi-million-dollar Terranora Tennis Centre - the home of Moore Tennis Academy.

It took firefighters more than three hours to extinguish the blaze.

The damage bill is estimated at more than $700,000, and the building will probably be demolished.

"I didn't believe it when I got the phone call Friday morning," Mr Moore said.

"But when I drove over the hill, I saw everything had been reduced to smouldering ashes. There was nothing left."

The fire has put Moore Tennis Academy's 50-plus juniors in limbo. Many of them compete at a state and national level and train daily for upcoming competitions.

"This is literally my life and, more importantly, the life of the kids, and it's all gone," Mr Moore said.

"The kids have lost everything - their clubhouse, equipment, home to train. …

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