5 Sep 2017

Fire damages quake-hit Kaikōura hotel

6:08 am on 5 September 2017

Fire has badly damaged a Kaikōura hotel which was due to be demolished after the November earthquake.

New Commerical Hotel pictured in 2011.

The New Commercial Hotel - pictured in 2011. Photo: Mattinbgn / Wikimedia Commons

Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman Andrew Norris said the New Commercial Hotel was well alight when a volunteer fire crew arrived.

They fought the blaze for several hours but part of the building had collapsed by the time the fire was out.

Mr Norris said the fire was being treated as suspicious since the building - which is awaiting demolition - was fenced off, was unoccupied and had no electricity connected.