PUB GONE: The aftermath of the blaze that destroyed the Queens Arms Hotel in Springsure.
PUB GONE: The aftermath of the blaze that destroyed the Queens Arms Hotel in Springsure. Julie-Ann Carson Emessuref

The historic Springsure Queens Arms Hotel destroyed by fire

SANDY and Greg Warry are picking up the pieces after their beloved Queens Arms Hotel went up in flames on Thursday night.

The popular Springsure watering hole, which dated back to 1880, was engulfed in flames about 11.30pm.

Sandy expressed her gratitude to Mathew Priddle, Phil Wilkinson and Aaron Wain, who alerted her husband of the blaze.

"My husband was home alone - I was away in Brisbane - he was in bed asleep and didn't hear or see anything," she said.

"Three local guys were passing by - they saw the fire and went around the back of the house and started banging on the residence, while one called emergency services.

"He didn't hear them banging but he heard the dogs going off - the dog barks when people come near the house - and that is what woke him up. I think that the three fellows who walked by were heroic - they probably deserve a medal."

Despite the devastating turn of events, a stroke of luck meant no one was injured.

"We were quite lucky no one was injured, the night before (the hotel was) fairly full," Sandy said.

 

"We did have four people booked in for the night of the fire but they got postponed - the rooms they were booked in for were the rooms affected by fire."

 

Sandy and Greg have owned the pub for 14 years and have been overwhelmed by the support received from the community after the fire.

"I think sharing grief has helped us. Some wonderful people stepped up already to help us out," Sandy said.

QFRS Area Commander Inspector Steve Murray said fire crews from Emerald and Springsure attended the blaze.

"The fire fighters did a good job, they saved the accommodation part of the building, plus the adjoining house which is metres from the hotel," he said. "The fire is not suspicious and the cause is undetermined."

Investigations continue.


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