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Historic pub goes up in flames
More than 50 CFA firefighters from nine brigades battled a blaze at the Woori Yallock pub in the Yarra Ranges in the early hours of Saturday morning.
CFA Incident Controller and Hillcrest Fire Brigade Captain Fiona Burns said the two-storey pub was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at 3.15am.
The popular watering hole, the only one in the town, couldn't be saved despite the best efforts of firefighters who contained the fire after an hour and a half.
“It’s a really iconic pub for all of us locals," Fiona said.
“Despite the loss, we’ve had a good save. We saved the adjoining garage with about $2.5 million worth of Hot Rods in it.
“It was a great effort from all the firefighters on the fire ground. It was a stellar effort and great co-operation by all. Everyone has worked really hard.”
Trucks from Bayswater, Dandenong, Healesville, Hillcrest, Hoddles Creek, Seville, Wandin, Yarra Junction and Yellingbo attended.
For the last seven years renovations on the 100-year-old pub were being completed.
Fiona said pub owners Doug and Mel were devastated by the loss of the hotel, but were committed to rebuilding.
The fire will be investigated, but is believed not to be suspicious.