The Fraser Coast Chronicle following the roadhouse fire.
The Fraser Coast Chronicle following the roadhouse fire.

Another smouldering Valentines Day

A SENSE of deja vu came across two Maryborough firefighters when they attended a fire at Ned Kelly’s Motel on Sunday night.

Exactly 10 years earlier, on February 14, 2000, firefighters rushed to Kelly’s roadhouse to fight a massive blaze that took hold of the service station and function centre about 2.30am.

Despite the efforts of 14 firefighters the building was destroyed that night.

Police scientific officers discovered the blaze had started in the kitchen.

The result of Sunday night’s fire was very different.

Maryborough police officer Sergeant George Pope said the motel manager was in the office of the motel about 7.45pm when he heard a smoke alarm.

He got to room 23 in time to extinguish the flames that were coming from the bed.

By the time firefighters arrived all the action was over but it brought back memories for the two firies who had also attended the fire 10 years ago.

Sgt Pope said no one was in the motel room at the time and the fire was not suspicious.

Fire station officer Greg Walters joked that the “Kelly ghost” must be behind the latest blaze.

“It was exactly 10 years to the day of the roadhouse fire – Valentine’s Day,” he said.



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