A specialist fire investigator was assessing damage to a
Queenstown hotel kitchen following a fire on Wednesday
The Discovery Sherwood Hotel's kitchen sustained smoke and
burn damage, manager Dave Philpott said.
Mr Philpott said because of the smoke ''everything has to
come out'' to be cleaned.
Many guests were not affected because they had not been
dining at the hotel.
Those who expected breakfast at the hotel were being catered
for at the nearby Goldridge Resort.
The Discovery Sherwood Hotel is off Frankton Rd in Goldfield
After crews extinguished the blaze on Wednesday night,
Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade station officer Duncan
Fisher told the Otago Daily Times it was thought the
fire started in a deep-fryer.
Mr Fisher described the fire as small but said it caused
''considerable smoke damage''.
If it had started in the deep-fryer it would be the latest of
several such fires.
In September the ODT reported there had been six fires
in four years throughout Otago, including the World Bar and
Fat Badgers Pizza restaurant fire in Queenstown in May,
involving commercial vats.
Specialist fire investigator Paul Glanville, who is based in
Invercargill, could not be reached for comment.