Second historic Queenstown house destroyed by fire

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Another historic Queenstown homestead has been lost to fire after a huge blaze this morning (Sunday).

Fire crews were called to the multi-million dollar property on Lower Shotover Rd at about 7.20am.

Up to 30 firefighters from Frankton, Queenstown and Arrowtown extinguished the fire using water from a nearby pond and the domestic tanks.

But the house was all but destroyed by the time the ferocious fire was brought under control. Two men were treated for smoke inhalation.

Two weeks ago the Paradise Homestead in Glenorchy was razed to the ground by fire, believed to have been ignited by a lightning strike on a power line.

 

Chief fire officer Terry O’Connell says: “It’s strange to get two fires like this so close together.

“You go for so long with so little and then two. It’s difficult to fight fires out in the country because there’s no reticulated water supply.

“This one is pretty much destroyed, most of it is gone. We’ve managed to bring it under control using water from the domestic tanks and the pond.

“It’s still hot in there [at 9am] and we’re damping down.

“The people had got out before we arrived.

“It’s too early to say what’s caused it. The fire investigators are on their way and will have a look round.”

The large country house at 195 Shotover Road has a rateable capital value of $2.75 million, including land.

Homeowner Philip George told Fairfax Media: “We woke in the early hours of the morning to smoke and smoke detectors saved us and our friends.

“The home we loved and cherished and it’s a tragedy for Queenstown to see such a historic home go up in flames.”