A Queenstown hotel had to be temporarily evacuated today
following a fire which started in the hotel's kitchen.
Southern fire communications shift manager Karl Patterson
said they were alerted to the blaze at the Discovery Sherwood
Hotel in Goldfield Heights around 5.15pm.
The fire did not spread beyond the kitchen, he said.
"The kitchen area was well ablaze when we arrived."
The seriousness of the fire was raised to 'third alarm'
status and four engines responded - three from Queenstown and
one from Frankton, Mr Patterson said.
The hotel's office manager Lynn Philpott said the hotel was
immediately evacuated when the fire broke out.
While there were only around 12 guests in the hotel at the
time, 70 of the hotel's 78 rooms were currently occupied.
"There was lots of smoke ... it's not a nice feeling."
The fire hadn't caused any structural damage to the hotel and
guests were able to return and stay in their rooms, Ms
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ