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Fire tears through Prince of Wales Hotel at Merewether

FLAMES: Fire has damaged the kitchen and some parts of the bar at The Prince of Wales Hotel. Picture: Helen Gregory
FLAMES: Fire has damaged the kitchen and some parts of the bar at The Prince of Wales Hotel. Picture: Helen Gregory

Another Newcastle business has been struck by fire overnight.

The Prince of Wales Hotel at Merewether is the second local business in weeks to be hit by a blaze, after a fire tore through The Edwards in June damaging most of the property.

Emergency services were called to the Merewether pub about 1.30am.

Fire crews arrived to see smoke billowing from the upper level of the hotel.

It is believed the fire started in the kitchen and fire fighters managed to contain the blaze to that area within 10 minutes of being on scene.

Eight crews attended and the fire was extinguished just after 2am.

About 50 per cent of the kitchen was gutted in the blaze. The main bar and other parts of the hotel also suffered smoke damage.

“We are so very thankful for the swift efforts of the awesome fire crews who contained the fire to a small area downstairs and minimised damage to the hotel,” a statement from The Prince of Wales said.

“Thanks also to all of those sending well wishes and offers of help. We will be closed today as we assess damage and begin the clean up.”

The bottle shop was unaffected in the blaze and is operating as usual, while damage inside the hotel is assessed. 

“We hope to reopen the hotel in some capacity in the next day or two - so we’ll keep [everyone] posted as things progress and we have a better understanding of the way forward.”

No one was injured in the blaze, but police and ambulance attended as a precaution. The hotel has now been deemed safe and has been handed back to management. The cause of the fire is under investigation.