Kitchen fire closes Parade Hotel

Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
Six fire crews were on the scene including career fire rescue services and volunteer fire rescue service volunteers from Bunbury.
Camera IconSix fire crews were on the scene including career fire rescue services and volunteer fire rescue service volunteers from Bunbury.

The Parade Hotel, now named the Parade Taphouse, was forced to close its doors on Sunday after a fire caused $350,000 worth of damage to its kitchen, according to a Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman said the fire was reported at 1.45am on Sunday.

“Crews arrived and confirmed a fire in the kitchen of the premises,” she said. “The fire was contained in the kitchen and the damage estimate is at $350,000.

“We had six crews on the scene including career fire rescue services and volunteer fire rescue service volunteers from Bunbury.”

The spokeswoman said the cause of the fire was accidental.

“The report doesn’t say when the fire was contained but they were saying at 2.30am that crews were going to be another hour ventilating so I would say at that stage the fire would have been out,” she said.

“No one was injured in the fire.”

Management of the hotel took to Facebook to let people know the building would not be open for Father’s Day.

“After a thorough inspection and much discussion looking at options for using an external kitchen and talking to our insurers we've decided it’s best we don't open until further notice,” the post read.

“The building is full of soot and smoke and we’re probably looking at a good couple of weeks to get back on our feet.

“We apologise to the 500 people that were booked today for meals but this was the safest option with the possibility of food contamination.”

Management gave an updated post yesterday to say electricians were on site to help Western Power connect to the mains power supply.

“This will give us some limited power so we can get our IT systems back up and running,” the post read.

“As soon as possible today we'll be in touch with people who have booked functions with us to discuss options.

“Thanks to our dedicated staff who came in yesterday in their own time to start the cleanup.”

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