Restau­rant will re­open, owner vows af­ter fire

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL - GE­ORGE BLOCK ge­orge.block@odt.co.nz

A WANAKA restau­rant was ex­ten­sively dam­aged by fire at the week­end.

The in­te­rior of Ode Con­scious Din­ing was en­gulfed by the blaze early yes­ter­day morn­ing, but the owner is pledg­ing to re­build.

Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand spokesman Brent Dunn said the Wanaka bri­gade was alerted by an alarm sound­ing at the Ard­more St, Post Of­fice Lane restau­rant at 4.07am.

They ar­rived to find smoke fill­ing the restau­rant and called for ex­tra crews from Lug­gate, Lake Hawea and Alexan­dra as they com­menced fire­fight­ing.

‘‘Pretty soon af­ter that they had the fire un­der con­trol and ven­ti­lated the build­ing.’’

A fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor at­tended yes­ter­day be­fore leav­ing the scene in the hands of the prop­erty owner, Mr Dunn said.

The cause was not yet known. In an emo­tional video posted on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day, Ode Con­scious Din­ing head chef and owner Lu­cas Parkin­son said the dam­age was ex­ten­sive and the restau­rant would be closed for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

But he vowed it would re­open. ‘‘The dam­age can be fixed, and we will fix it. This isn’t the end of Ode.’’

Pho­tos posted on so­cial me­dia show scorched ceil­ings, ex­ten­sive dam­age to the bar area, and ash and bro­ken glass strewn across black­ened floors.

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