Iconic ho­tel goes up in flames

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AS THE re­al­ity of the loss of Mary’s Com­mer­cial Ho­tel sets in, staff from the iconic in­sti­tu­tion are thank­ful for the out­pour­ing of com­mu­nity sup­port.

Last Wed­nes­day’s fire left staff in a state of shock, with the man­ager de­scrib­ing her emo­tion as dis­be­lief.

Tammy Prid­dle, venue man­ager of the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel, said she was no­ti­fied by a staff mem­ber of the fire.

Ms Prid­dle said the re­al­ity had not set in, and she was still com­ing to terms with the loss of the pub.

“When you get a phone call at 3.45am from a staff mem­ber... you know some­thing is wrong,” she said.

Ms Prid­dle, who has been venue man­ager for four months said the com­mu­nity sup­port had been wel­comed by the staff and the man­age­ment.

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOYLE

ABLAZE: Fire­fight­ers bat­tle the fire which de­stroyed Dalby’s Com­mer­cial Ho­tel.

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