Smoke investigation at historic pub

| UPDATED – 5PM | The Bush Inn incident has been closed and power has been restored to the area.

EARLIER – 4PM: Power supplies have been cut off from the Bush Inn Hotel and about 30 nearby properties while the Tasmania Fire Service continues its response to smoke and heat in the roof of the nearly 200-year-old pub. As of 4pm a snorkel unit from the Hobart Fire Brigade is in use and the other responding vehicles include one heavy pumper, three heavy tankers, a medium tanker, light tanker and a utility.

EARLIER – 2.30PM: Multiple units from the Tasmania Fire Service are on the scene of a fire at the Bush Inn Hotel in New Norfolk. The incident was first reported just before 2pm and was described as a suspected chimney fire. Three heavy tankers from the New Norfolk Fire Brigade were soon on the scene and a heavy pumper was dispatched. The responding firefighters found smoke inside the building and the source of this is now being investigated.

Support is being provided by the Magra and Bridgewater fire brigades and Tasmania Police. Due to the height of the building, an elevated platform (snorkel) vehicle has been sent from Hobart.

Emergency services at the scene of a smoke investigation at the Bush Inn Hotel.
The first of the fire brigade vehicles to arrive at the scene in Montagu St.
New Norfolk fire chief Mark Lusted assesses the scene from the first floor of the Bush Inn.
New Norfolk Fire Brigade vehicles at the Bush Inn Hotel.

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