ARSON SUSPECTED AS HERITAGE-LISTED BROADWAY ABLAZE

In Bush Telegraph - News by Clyde Mooney

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A heritage-listed pub in suburban Brisbane has gone up in flames for the third time in eight years, shortly following a $260 million development application for the site.

The Broadway Hotel on Logan Road Woolloongabba was built 1889 for publican Michael McKenna by architects John Hall & Son. It showcases late Victorian architecture, influenced by the elaborate Queen Anne movement.

A fire in 2010 caused significant damage and forced the pub to close.

In years since it has been dormant and falling increasingly into disrepair, scarred with graffiti and broken windows. In 2017 it was further damaged by another fire.

Police suspect arsonists are to blame for the recent blaze, which was reported by a passer-by walking her dog around 12:45 on Sunday morning.

Crews took several hours to bring the flames under control, but not before the roof collapsed.

A crime scene was established, with forensic officers working to determine the cause.

Local Member and Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad is calling for enquiry and insists if Brisbane City Council approves the pending DA for the site that the pub be rebuilt in its original form.

Information has not yet been released on the state of the building, and whether any of it will be salvageable.

Investigations continue.

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