The roof of the Bargara Beach Hotel on fire.
The roof of the Bargara Beach Hotel on fire. Janette Cassidy

Bargara Beach Hotel owners 'devastated' by blaze

UPDATE: The owners of the Bargara Beach Hotel have vowed to  keep the community informed as the come to terms with this morning's devastating blaze.

The inside of the hotel was extensively damaged by fire, with firefighters called to the blaze about 2.15am.

"You may have heard our Hotel was severely damaged by fire in the early hours of this morning, to such an extent that trading in the main hotel section is now impossible," a post on the hotel's social media site read.

"Our alarms alerted our teams early, allowing our guests to be evacuated quickly and safely.


"This is simply devastating for our family and our enthusiastic staff that have been tirelessly working on the extensive renovations and plans to make this icon great again.

"We are a proud Bargara family and will work through all our options going forward, updating you on any news through this page.

"We would like to thank the community for your support and understanding."

 

EARLIER: Emergency crews are investigating the circumstances behind a fire at the Bargara Hotel early this morning.

At about 2.15am, fire fighters from Bundaberg and Bargara were called to the scene where it took crews two hours to extinguish the blaze.

Bargara Police Sgt Matt Steinhardt said the fire was first detected in the dining room.

"A person staying in the hotel alerted the fire and self evacuated," he said.

Bargara Hotel fire : Police discuss the investigation into the fire.

"They called 000 for fireys and police to attend the scene and four units from Bundaberg and Bargara worked together as a team to extinguish it by 4.40am."

 

The roof of the Bargara Beach Hotel on fire.
The roof of the Bargara Beach Hotel on fire. Janette Cassidy

 

Sgt Steinhardt said the northern part of the hotel sustained significant damage.

"There's significant damage to the kitchen, dining room and pokie area, the rest of the area has sustained water and smoke damage," he said.

 

 

"We're treating this as a routine investigation, we have fire investigators coming up from Brisbane to assist.

 

The back of the Bargara Hotel.
The back of the Bargara Hotel. B Cassidy

"Most of the rooms were booked out in the motel, with a number of students and some teachers from Brisbane, but there were no injuries."

 

Fire and Emergency Services in attendance at the Bargara Beach Hotel.
Fire and Emergency Services in attendance at the Bargara Beach Hotel. B Cassidy

No one was injured in the incident and the pub was closed at the time of the fire.