Somehow, among the smoke and fire, the high powered jets of water from hoses and a ceiling collapsing around it, the little fish tank in Cafe Latte survived.
More miraculous was the fact that only one of the 14 or so small tropical fish in the tank perished.
Aaron Wright, who owns Cafe Latte with wife Emma, considered how this could be.
"The stand was water damaged, the tank was black, yet only one fish died," he said. "The poor fish guy [at the aquarium] up the road lost nearly all his stock.
"There was no power for three days and no filtration - I have no idea how they survived.
"Some kind of divine intervention, I think; maybe the church."
Mr Wright was referring to Orange Uniting Church behind the cafe, which was used as a muster area for emergency services following a blaze in the apartment above Cafe Latte on April 5.
The apartment was unoccupied at the time and investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
The church offered the Wrights use of its commercial kitchen and a meeting room as vessels to relaunch Cafe Latte while insurance, building safety and other key issues were sorted.
"As a church we were delighted to be able to reach out and say, 'Here we are, we can help'," said Bob Nash, chairperson of the church's council.
"This is important for us; it's a huge loss for Aaron and Emma, and they were very lost last week. The ability to operate at some level has given them something to focus on."
Mr Wright said the result will be a "temporary pop up mini version of Cafe Latte", due to open around April 26 after a soft launch to iron out any kinks.
Last weekend the business was able to fulfill a booking to serve breakfast to coach travellers on Saturday and Sunday.
Mr Wright conceded he "temporarily" forgot about the breakfasts, but was able to pull it off with the assistance of church parishioners.
A skip bin at Cafe Latte on Monday was being loaded with items that couldn't be salvaged. Among the few that could were a treasured painting by one of the Wright's children, and some old weighing scales that had been decorated.
The painting is safely back at the Wright's home, while the scales are in the new premises.
"Hopefully it looks like a bit of Latte," Mr Wright said.
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