Magistrate has no answer why Fat Lamb Hotel burnt to the ground

A POLICE investigation has been unable to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed the Fat Lamb Hotel at Eugowra.

The Coroner, Magistrate Peter Dare SC, said the precise cause of the blaze couldn't be ascertained due to the extent of the fire damage.

Investigators concluded that the fire started in the front section of the hotel before entering the roof cavity and spreading throughout the building.

Magistrate Dare said the fire had been "comprehensively investigated" and a coronial inquiry would not take the matter any further.

"The matter has now been comprehensively investigated and I am of the opinion that an inquiry would take the matter no further."

"In the circumstances, I direct that an inquiry be dispensed with."

The Fat Lamb Hotel burnt down in the early hours of October 22, 2012.


Magistrate Dare said of all the persons inteviewed, none could shed any light as to the cause of the fire.

"Investigators are unable to point to any suspicious circumstances," he said in his report.

"No odours, pour patterns or suspicious objects were located in or around the premises."

Investigators from the Crime Scene section noted the fuse box was completely destroyed by fire.

The fire was discovered by a supermarket owner who was opening up his shop around 5.30am on Monday morning when he notice flames issuing from the building.

The Eugowra State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service volunteers were quickly on the scene, however the hotel could not be saved. 

Fire suppression was described by crime scene officers as being limited, resulting in the entire roof collapsing.

Other areas had been fully consumed by fire leaving little indicators. 

The facade and front walls of the bar had fallen in. 

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