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.