Fire guts LaLa­land’s ‘sis­ter’

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

On stage: Indie pop singer Lit­tle Lapin will per­form in Wanaka on Sun­day as part of a 10-stop tour of New Zealand.

Favourite of the lo­cals: LaLa­Land By­ron had just been re­fur­bished.

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