ACT Fire Brigade on scene at a fire at Canberra Services Club on Canberra Avenue at Manuka.
6:06am Thursday 28 April 2011
Fire crews on scene confirm the Canberra Services Club next to Manuka Oval is well involved with extensive smoke coming out of the building.
Three fire pumpers, bronto aerial firefighting platform, breathing aparartus support crew and district officer all on scene.
6:20am Thursday 28 April 2011
Fire has now fully engulfed the timber building and the roof has collapsed.
There is currently no risk to any nearby properties at this stage including Manuka Oval.
ACT Policing have closed some roads around the scene.
6:45am Thursday 28 April 2011
Firefighters are continuing to extinguish the fire.
The building has been completely destroyed.
The ACT Fire Brigade is unable to estimate the damage cost due to the historic nature of the building.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
7:28am Thursday 28 April 2011
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UPDATE: aussielyn has sent in these archival pictures:
Eddy has sent in this picture and the one above with a note:
Aside from being crook, I was rudely woken by the smell of smoke in my house, which was (and still is) emanating from the Services Club, two doors away from me. As you’d no doubt be aware (I think my housemate Jon sent you a pic, too), the Club burnt down this morning.
Apparently the firies turned up at 5.50am. At the peak of things one of the witnesses I spoke to said she counted 60 of them. There appeared to be every tanker in the ACT there, including the big arse crane thing trying to get to it from above. Alas, it’s definitely a write off. The outer walls are intact, but the roof’s caved in and it’s farked inside.
I overheard old mate who runs the show (or maybe is on the board-I’m not sure) saying that if there’s anything salvageable from the club the fire brigade have offered to store stuff around the corner in the Fire Brigade Museum (equidistant from my house in the other direction–both the club and the museum are one yard away from me).
As an aside, I’m now worried about the rather tame bunny rabbit that lived under the verandah at the Club. It was rather cute, and regularly grazed on my nature strip. I’m less worried about the possum that apparently lived in the roof.
Jon has sent in this one: