Victim of Fire

By Admin

Date: 06 October 2016

The National Hotel has had an eventful history since it’s opening in 1868. However, what this iconic building is worst known for is it’s awful luck with fire. 4 fires have hit this beautiful heritage icon, with their level of severity increasing over the years.

In 1929, the first fire broke out. Fortunately there wasn’t too much damage as it was confined to the rooftop, with a kitchen spark causing the outbreak.

Another fire broke out in 1951, this time in the basement on a Saturday afternoon. Some sacks of coal stored down there caught fire. Similar to the 1929 fire, it was swiftly brought under control and there was only minor damage.

In 1975, a more serious fire took hold in the upper levels of the hotel, it was fortunate no-one died that night. The damage from the water used to put out the fire contributed immensely to the overall repairs required on the building.

In 2004, The National Hotel closed down for a major renovation. It was planned to restore the hotel and put back the beautiful verandahs removed in the 1950’s. The hotel was a significant way through these renovations when 2 teenage boys broke into the property one night. On the 11th March 2007 at around 9.30pm, the boys  managed to set fire to the building. Fire ravaged the entire property and hardly any part of it was spared, over 40 fire fighters were in attendance that night and over $5 million worth of damage was caused. There was doubt over whether the building could be saved, but fortunately buildings of this era were built to last and the all clear was given to re-open the roads the following day.