‘Sus­pi­cious’ fire at New Com­mer­cial Ho­tel

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - JEF­FREY KITT

A ‘‘sus­pi­cious’’ fire has ripped through a Kaik­oura ho­tel badly dam­aged in the Novem­ber earthquake.

Fire crews were called to a wellinvolved fire on Mon­day night at the New Com­mer­cial Ho­tel, which is un­oc­cu­pied and set for de­mo­li­tion.

The ho­tel owner says the fire comes as an in­surance set­tle­ment was about to be reached fol­low­ing the 7.8-mag­ni­tude dis­as­ter.

PHOTO: FILE

The ho­tel was well alight when fire­fight­ers ar­rived about 11pm.

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