Fire-damaged restaurant could be out for a month

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A fire-damaged high-end Queenstown restaurant is expected to be closed for at least four weeeks.

Sarah Stacey, general manager at Good Group – owner of lakefront eatery Botswana Butchery – says there’s a possibility the ground floor of the two-storey building could reopen earlier.

Diners were evacuated on Saturday night following the fire. 

It’s understood it started with a kitchen extractor fan in the restored Marine Parade building but spread quickly into walls and the roof. 

About 15 firefighters from three appliances donned breathing apparatus to fight the fire which took some 20 minutes to bring under control. 

“We went in through on the first floor then in through the roof in the back part of the building,” station officer Duncan Fisher says. 

“It was quite difficult to get into because it was in behind a lot of ducting and we had to pull the roof off. 

“When it’s in the walls it takes a while just to chase it around and make sure you’ve got it all out.” 

The fire occurred on the same night as an emergency services ball which a number of firefighters were attending. 

Stacey says the fire was “absolutely gutting”. 

Damage was contained to the roof and the first floor, where carpet was soaked and a lot of stock was broken, she says.