A historic North Canterbury hotel has been gutted by fire
just days after the property was sold.
Waipara Fire Service chief fire officer Paul Harris they were
called to the historic Waipara Hotel about 2.30pm.
"The accommodation end of the hotel was pretty well involved
in fire when we arrived," he said.
It took five fire crews more than 90 minutes to bring the
blaze under control.
"We were quite hampered by false ceilings in the roof spaces
which made it a quite difficult fire to fight."
No-one was in the building at the time of the fire, Mr Harris
The building had only just been sold.
"It went up for auction last Friday and it was sold. The
possession was in July sometime so the previous owners were
"It's got accommodation for approximately 10 rooms. It's not
a huge place, it's an old country-type hotel, it's about 130
The accommodation end of the building was "pretty well burned
out", Mr Harris said.
"The kitchen etcetera is all gone, the bar area and all that
area is all pretty well good apart from the water and smoke
The owner's dogs were rescued by passers-by, Mr Harris said.
No neighbouring buildings were threatened by the blaze.
Southern fire communications shift manager Andrew Norris said
on arrival the building was found to be "well involved" in
"It's suffered extensive damage." Fire crews remained at the
site until around 6.30pm dampening down hot spots, Mr Norris
Specialist fire investigators were due to investigate the
blaze tomorrow, however the fire was not thought to be
suspicious, he said.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ