|The fire races along the Lochiel Street flank of the hotel (Courier)|
The fire caused an estimated $2 million worth of damage, destroying both floors of the hotel and the adjoining Dimboola Cafe which was under the common roof. No lives were lost and physical injuries were minor, but the impact of the blaze was felt across the whole district.
|The facade, post fire|
|The rubble strewn staircase|
The future of the building has been in doubt for the ten years. Just this year the Courts ordered the property owner to carry out Protection Works to make the Dimboola Hotel safe - to demolish most of the building except the facade.
We still wait to see what will happen on the site.