News

Uki in shock after historic pub goes up in flames

A photo by Paul Robertson, shared to the Tweed police Facebook page, shows the pub ablaze.
A photo by Paul Robertson, shared to the Tweed police Facebook page, shows the pub ablaze.

Updated 12.04pm, Sunday: A FIRE which destroyed the Mount Warning Hotel at Uki on Saturday night is not being treated as suspicious and no lives have been lost.

At about 11pm on Saturday the Uki unit of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) got a call to tell it the town's pub was ablaze.

The firefighting crew was on the scene just 15 minutes later, but it was already too late to save the two-storey timber hotel.

Uki RFS Captain Frank Zambelli said the pub just went 'kaboom.'

He said the fire started in the electrical box which was located on the landing of an internal wooden staircase.

Uki resident Kimberly Fordham watched the 100 year old pub burn.

She said most of the town left their homes to witnesses the blaze which burned out of control until about 2am.

Fighting back tears, Ms Fordham said everybody in Uki was in shock.

"This morning it has hit everyone. People have been emotional," she said.

"Everyone is pretty devastated.

"As soon as I saw the glow in the sky I knew it was the pub

"It went up like a tissue."

NSW Fire and Rescue units from Murwillumbah and Tweed responded to the fire with RFS units from Uki, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and Tyalgum.

Initial report, 9.28am, Sunday: Uki residents are in shock this morning after the town's pub, the Mount Warning Hotel, was gutted by fire overnight.

Firefighters fought the blaze which quickly engulfed the timber building.

A video posted on YouTube shows a group of firefighters trying to extinguish the massive flames which stretched well above the roof of the pub.

Taken in the middle of the night, the video shows the entire pub on fire.

More details to come.

- Do you know more? Leave your comments below. 

The Mt Warning Hotel as is used to look before the fire.
The Mt Warning Hotel as is used to look before the fire. Contributed

 

Firefighters work to save Uki's pub, the Mt Warning Hotel, on Saturday night. It's believed the pub caught fire again on Monday morning.
Firefighters work to save Uki's pub, the Mt Warning Hotel, on Saturday night. It's believed the pub caught fire again on Monday morning.

Topics:  editors picks, mount warning hotel




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Queensland man narrowly escapes Turkey airport terror

Blake Portch on his holiday, which was almost cut short by the terror attacks on Istanbul this week

Blake Portch knew luck was on his side

Local camping grounds to see $350,000 makeover

ALP candidate for Keppel Brittany Lauga outside the Ergon Energy building in Rockhampton where supporters gathered to protest asset sales ahead of the Queensland election. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Popular camping grounds gets face lift from funds

Safer nights in Rocky with new laws

Bill Byrne with Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman announces the new Safer Nights Precinct laws in Rockhampton. Photo Contributed

New rest and recovery centres are being introduced in Rocky.

Latest deals and offers

Stockland Terrace - oficial opening

Stockland Commercial Property CEO, John Schroder talks at the official opening of...

Farmers protest land clearing laws

Farmers from across Central Queensland gathered in Rockhampton to express their...

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward