THE historic Mt Warning Hotel has come crashing to the ground.

Publicans Geoff and Lexie Brown watched on as their second home for the past five-and-a-half years was turned to rubble by machines on Friday.

"It was pretty sad to see the old pub going down," Mr Brown said.

"Lexie was only meant to come down for about half an hour but she stayed all day.

"We just watched and said there goes the bedroom, oh there goes the lounge."

Mt Warning Hotel was gutted by a tragic fire after an electrical fault in February.

The old pub, which was due to celebrate its centenary next year, was full of asbestoses.

Mr Brown said four inches of top soil needed to be removed before a DA could be submitted to the Tweed Shire Council to get the pub rebuilt because of the asbestos.

The re-build will also force the pub to move back four meters to keep the foot path continuous.

"That's still a long way down the track," he said.

"I can't see that happening for at least five months.

"And on top of that, it will take at least another six months to build."

Mr and Mrs Brown have lived off their savings for the past few months.

Mr Brown said he was preparing documents to give to the insurance company to help them recover some of their losses.

"The insurance people have been pretty good with us," he said.

"We're just working out all of the figures."

He said since the pub burnt down he hasn't been sitting at home doing nothing.

"I haven't had time to get bored," he said.

"There's a lot to do."

Large excavators were used to take the pub apart from the top to the bottom.

Mr Brown said hardly any of the pubs was salvageable because of asbestos contamination.

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