‘Suspicious’ fire at New Commercial Hotel
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.
The hotel was well alight when firefighters arrived about 11pm.