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Blaze Destroys Second Historic Australian Hotel

The Buchan Caves Hotel at Buchan in East Gippsland, 350 kilometres east of Melbourne, was recently burnt to the ground in an overnight blaze. This was the second hotel fire in Gippsland this year. In February, the historic Port Albert pub – one of the state of Victoria’s oldest licensed pubs – also burnt to the ground.

Like the Port Albert pub, the Buchan Caves Hotel, which is believed to have been built in the 1890s, was an all-timber structure. The fire was well advanced by the time the Country Fire Authority arrived. 55 firefighters and nine fire trucks battled the blaze but were unable to save the building.

The fire is reckoned to have left a damage bill of about $1 million. The cause of the fire is being investigated and, as yet, no reason has been established for the earlier Port Albert pub blaze.

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