More than 60 backpackers have lost all of their belongings after the hostel they were staying in erupted into flames in Bundaberg.
Emergency crews rushed to the popular backpackers’ hostel and tavern on Bourbong Street in Bundaberg Central just after 11pm last night following reports of a serious blaze.
Upon arrival, they found the building fully engulfed in flames and immediately launched into action, making an emergency declaration and blocking off streets.
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Police then helped to evacuate over 60 people from the hostel and a number of others from another nearby motel, with thankfully everyone accounted for and uninjured.
The local community has since rallied around the backpackers, who have now all been provided with alternative accommodation in other available motels in the area.
Due to the significant damage caused by the fire, attention has now turned to the structure of the building, with fears it may collapse.
As a result, a number of streets remain blocked off, including Bourbong Street and Maryborough Street, Bourbong Street and Bingera Street, Burrum Street and Quay Street, and Burrum Street and Woongarra Street, with motorists urged to steer clear of the area.
At a press conference on Tuesday morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised first responders on scene.
“A big thank you to the fire crews that went to Bundaberg overnight, we have that fire that thankfully no one was killed and all reports are all 62 people are accounted for,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I do want to thank all the fire crews that attended that scene, I’ve left a message with the Mayor as well, but once again tremendous work that everyone was evacuated on time.”