A crime scene has been established and investigations are getting underway into the overnight fire that that gutted the historic Lyceum Hotel in Longreach overnight.
The intense heat has destroyed the top floor of the hotel with fire fighters also saying the blaze has caused extensive structural damage to the old building.
No one was injured in the blaze and the fire was able to be contained with no damage to adjoining buildings.
Longreach Police Inspector Mark Henderson says the hotel has been closed recently but that plans had begun for a renovation program to the historic land mark.
“They were looking at re-opening but unfortunately this has brought that to an end. Large sections of the top floor have already collapsed.”
Fire officers are also keeping a close eye to the site.
Acting Area Commander Clive Weeks says it has been a hard battle with the blaze.
‘At this stage it’s quite hard to get at the little hot spots that are remaining”.
Fire crews also remain at the scene this morning.
Police Inspector Henderson says Investigations are expected to run over the next few days at the site.
Fire investigators and scientific personnel from Brisbane will be coming out to investigate the circumstances. If any witnesses have information to share, they can contact Policelink or the Longreach CIB.”