A WARRNAMBOOL law firm is considering legal action on behalf of businesses affected by a Telstra exchange fire in the city last week.
Business leaders have estimated the sales and productivity losses caused by the loss of phone and internet-based services after the fire would total several million dollars.
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Retailers suffered sales losses and business productivity was also affected. Landlines and Internet services have still not been restored to much of the region.
Maddens Lawyers class action principal Brendan Pendergast said the firm had been approached by a number of local businesses and individuals, inquiring about the potential for litigation.
Mr Pendergast said although the firm did not know if there were grounds for litigation, it believed it was important businesses knew that Maddens Lawyers appreciated the impact of the fire and might be in a position to help them recover from it.
"Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire and at this stage we are very much of the belief that the priority is to have services restored to the region.
"But this is still something that we will be looking at on behalf of our clients and the wider community, as everyone recovers from what was, quite literally, a communications fallout," he said.
"The loss of telecommunications, including the Internet, basically cut off the south-west from the rest of the world."
Maddens Lawyers recently settled three of four class action concerning Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires.
Telstra regional manager Bill Mundy could not be contacted for comment.