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A great tragedy as fire engulfs the Polo

By 21 January 2014 26

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ACT Policing is investigating a fire in O’Connor which occurred in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, January 21).

Around 2.05am, police responded to reports of a structure fire at the Polish White Eagle Club on David Street in O’Connor.

On arrival, police located a significant amount of smoke coming from the rear of the building.

ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire, however were unable to conduct a thorough investigation due to the area being deemed unsafe.

HAZMAT will today (Tuesday, 21 January) conduct further atmospheric testing to allow police to examine the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in O’Connor early this morning to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information to Crime Stoppers can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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26 Responses to A great tragedy as fire engulfs the Polo
#1
poetix9:24 am, 21 Jan 14

Awful news.

Apart from the issue of all the different activities held there being disrupted, the building was designed by the architect Enrico Taglietti and is so much a landmark.

#2
johnboy9:27 am, 21 Jan 14

It was opened by Pope John Paul II as well.

#3
Solidarity9:31 am, 21 Jan 14

There is a million dollar dispute involving the building and then it goes up in flame?

Nothing sus.

#4
Reprobate9:51 am, 21 Jan 14

Hmmmm…. interesting timing of the fire overnight considering this article appeared in the Times today: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/poles-mired-in-legal-wars-over-exservicemens-club-20140120-31549.html

#5
johnboy10:00 am, 21 Jan 14

My reading of the CT story on the dispute was that it didn’t involve the Polo at all, they just posed for the photos there.

#6
Hosinator10:08 am, 21 Jan 14

I agree that siblings should be given preference. Could think of nothing worse than having to drop off kids at two different centres.

#7
maxblues10:42 am, 21 Jan 14

West Bank unrest?

#8
Hosinator10:53 am, 21 Jan 14

Hosinator said :

I agree that siblings should be given preference. Could think of nothing worse than having to drop off kids at two different centres.

Whoops, posted this in the wrong thread. Sorry.

#9
Endrey11:23 am, 21 Jan 14

I am biting my nails for a statement of the damage.

Silver lining, I certainly can use the grooming.

#10
poetix11:47 am, 21 Jan 14

I am obviously not the only person to cycle down today and think ‘Oh well that doesn’t look too bad from the front’. But the smell is horrible, and it’s structural damage inside that counts, I suppose.

I hope so much that it can be repaired.

Although I can’t get there as much as I’d like I feel a real affection for that building.

#11
NoniDoll12:38 pm, 21 Jan 14

If it’s all okay and just needs a clean up, sign me up for the Working Bee.

#12
unclebill1:58 pm, 21 Jan 14

The article in the Canberra Times is about the Polish Ex Servicemans Club that used to be in Civic next to the RSL. That premises lease to RSL & eventual sale raised the funds that are in dispute. It has nothing to do with the Polo other than the meeting that was held there. There could be many reasons for fire in the building, let’s wait for the appraisal?

#13
StevenBailey2:06 pm, 21 Jan 14

Maybe it was the German Club.

#14
c_c™2:17 pm, 21 Jan 14

johnboy said :

My reading of the CT story on the dispute was that it didn’t involve the Polo at all, they just posed for the photos there.

Yeah, I think you’re right, and bit dodgy of the CT to do that. I know when I was last interviewed (not by CT), schedule meant had to do it somewhere totally unrelated to the story or me so they made sure to put the background out of focus and not have anything too identifiable that may imply otherwise.

#15
dtc2:40 pm, 21 Jan 14

StevenBailey said :

Maybe it was the German Club.

Its Poland. It could well have been the Mongol, Turkish/Ottoman, British, Russian, Swedish, Lithuanian, Prussian, Cossack Slovak or Soviet clubs. And probably a few others.

#16
johnboy2:51 pm, 21 Jan 14

I’m hearing the fire was confined to the kitchen. Which would explain the smell of burnt pork knuckle over O’connor this morning.

#17
Silentforce3:57 pm, 21 Jan 14

Echoes of the former Finnish Club of Jamison. I hope the Italian Club sprinklers are in good working order.

#18
Queen_of_the_Bun4:12 pm, 21 Jan 14

I read this headline and thought my car had exploded.

#19
Persephone4:29 pm, 21 Jan 14

This building had terrible internal design. Like the person was drinking vodka. Not good potato vodka, I mean the gut rot stuff.

But the kitchen had the best pierogi!

#20
Thumper5:33 pm, 21 Jan 14

Sadly, another old building in a desirable location catches fire.

Hopefully it can be saved….

#21
switch7:18 pm, 21 Jan 14

Thumper said :

Sadly, another old building in a desirable location catches fire.

Hopefully it can be saved….

… you mean by putting a chain wire fence around it and leaving it to rot for the next decade?

#22
c_c™7:21 pm, 21 Jan 14

Thumper said :

Sadly, another old building in a desirable location catches fire.

Hopefully it can be saved….

You kind of scored an own goal with that comment. It’s an old building in a desirable location, not a desirable building in an old location.

#23
Thumper8:51 pm, 21 Jan 14

c_c™ said :

Thumper said :

Sadly, another old building in a desirable location catches fire.

Hopefully it can be saved….

You kind of scored an own goal with that comment. It’s an old building in a desirable location, not a desirable building in an old location.

Nope, I said exactly what I meant.

It’s not a hideous monstrosity constructed from concrete and glass It’s an old building with character and life. This town is too quick to flatten anything and flog it off for the highest dollar.

One day someone will look around Canberra and ask, where are all the old buildings? Where is the history?

That will be a sad day.

#24
johnboy9:53 pm, 21 Jan 14

They’re in Reid Thumper.

#25
poetix3:18 pm, 22 Jan 14

Any further updates on the condition of the building?

#26
NoniDoll4:56 pm, 24 Jan 14

It’s just been confirmed as suspicious. A safe and cash register were stolen.

Whoever did this is an absolute low-life. I hope they catch them soon.

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