Lexie and Geoff Brown can't believe the beautiful pub's gone. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News
Lexie and Geoff Brown can't believe the beautiful pub's gone. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

Destroyed Uki pub to keep historic design

THE historic spirit of Uki will be at the forefront when the Mount Warning Hotel rises from the ashes.

Tweed Shire Council's director of planning and regulation Vince Connell said any reconstruction would need to adhere to certain council guidelines.

"The Mount Warning Hotel site is located within a heritage conservation area under the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2000," he said.

"And any new building or redevelopment of the site would need to be sympathetic with the context and character of this area.

"Council officers have provided initial advice to the hotel owners regarding these heritage issues."

Publican Geoff Brown said he was certain the pub would be rebuilt but wasn't sure yet what that that would entail.

He also said he didn't know where he and wife Lexie stood with three years left on their lease.

"I can't say what's going to happen," Mr Brown said.

"We're still waiting for the insurance assessors to finish."

But Mr Brown had little doubt the claim would be accepted.

"The place burnt down and it was insured," he said.

The business is still up in the air and there's no date set for re-construction.

"Before I can do anything the place has to be demolished," he said.

"There's been lots of offers (to use other venues as the pub) but we can't do more until the insurance is through and hear what they say."

The future of Uki's historical Mount Warning Hotel is still on hold with police and insurance investigations continuing.

Forensics were at the scene collecting evidence for a report being prepared for the coroner late Thursday.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Acing Inspector Saul Wiseman said the investigation was continuing and it was standard procedure for a report to be compiled in the event of a large fire.

"Under Section 10 of the Coroners Act it states the functions of state coroner and deputy state coroners is to ensure that all deaths, suspected deaths, fires and explosions concerning which a coroner has jurisdiction to hold an inquest or inquiry are properly investigated," he said.

Acting Insp Wiseman said the report would enable the coroner to give safety advice.

Last weekend the historical pub burnt down after a suspected electrical fire started on the second floor of the building.

All staff and visitors escaped with only Mr Brown's son taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were on the scene for more than 15 hours on Saturday and Sunday and again were called back to the scene after the fire re-ignited in the early hours of Monday morning.

Pub owners Kim and Brett Watson from Coutts Crossing have been flooded in on their property and unable to see the remains of the old building.



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