Fire guts LaLaland’s ‘sister’
A sister nightclub in Australia to Wanaka’s LaLaLand has been gutted by fire. A fire at LaLaLand in Byron Bay, a popular tourist destination spot in New South Wales, forced more than 70 people to be evacuated from the premises on January 4. Owner Keri Taiaroa said the fire was devastating. Lala Byron had just received a $500,000 fitout and ‘‘looked totally amazing’’. ‘‘Like Lalaland Wanaka it was a favourite of the locals and all are devastated about the fire. Hopefully we can rebuild and be open again by Christmas,’’ Mr Taiaroa said. It was believed the fire started in a rear air conditioning unit and spread to the roof. No-one was injured but up to 80 per cent of the contents of the nightclub was destroyed along with 25 per cent of the building. Three of the staff who lived at the bar apartment also lost all their possessions. The first LaLaLand was opened in Melbourne city in 2000.
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Favourite of the locals: LaLaLand Byron had just been refurbished.