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A great tragedy as fire engulfs the Polo

By johnboy - 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
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poetix 9:24 am
21 Jan 14
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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.

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johnboy 9:27 am
21 Jan 14
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It was opened by Pope John Paul II as well.

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3
Solidarity 9:31 am
21 Jan 14
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There is a million dollar dispute involving the building and then it goes up in flame?

Nothing sus.

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Reprobate 9:51 am
21 Jan 14
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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

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johnboy 10:00 am
21 Jan 14
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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.

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Hosinator 10:08 am
21 Jan 14
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I agree that siblings should be given preference. Could think of nothing worse than having to drop off kids at two different centres.

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maxblues 10:42 am
21 Jan 14
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West Bank unrest?

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Hosinator 10:53 am
21 Jan 14
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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.

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Endrey 11:23 am
21 Jan 14
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I am biting my nails for a statement of the damage.

Silver lining, I certainly can use the grooming.

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poetix 11:47 am
21 Jan 14
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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.

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NoniDoll 12:38 pm
21 Jan 14
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If it’s all okay and just needs a clean up, sign me up for the Working Bee.

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unclebill 1:58 pm
21 Jan 14
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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?

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13
StevenBailey 2:06 pm
21 Jan 14
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Maybe it was the German Club.

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c_c™ 2:17 pm
21 Jan 14
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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.

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dtc 2:40 pm
21 Jan 14
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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.

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