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Massive fire rips through a prestigious winery in the Yarra Valley just weeks after reopening

Massive fire rips through a prestigious winery in the Yarra Valley after a restaurant’s kitchen caught alight just weeks after reopening

  • A fire has destroyed the Balgownie Estate restaurant and cellar door in Victoria
  • The estate reopened on June 5 after closing on March 30 due to COVID-19
  • No customers were inside during the fire and all staff were evacuated safely

An Australian winery has been forced to close its doors again, after a fire ripped through the property only weeks after it reopened.

The restaurant and cellar door of the Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa in Victoria’s Yarra Valley were destroyed after a blaze erupted on Thursday morning.

There was luckily no customers inside the restaurant or accommodation at the time of the incident, the estate said in a Facebook post.

An Australian winery has been forced to close its doors again, after a fire ripped through the property only weeks after it reopened

Thick white smoke filled the air outside the  Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa in Victoria's Yarra Valley on Thursday

The restaurant and cellar door were destroyed after  a blaze started in the kichen

The restaurant and cellar door of the Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa in Victoria’s Yarra Valley were destroyed after a blaze erupted on Thursday morning 

‘Thank you so much for your support and well wishes. We will be back!’ the post read.

The owners had only just reopened the estate to guests on June 5 after shutting on March 30 due to restrictions around COVID-19.

Fire fighters received reports a blaze had erupted in the kitchen of Rae’s Restaurant just before 11am. 

The blaze is thought to have started in a kitchen fan before quickly spreading to the roof and cellar door. 

Despite their best efforts, more than 14 Country Fire Authority crews were unable to save the building. 

There has been significant damage to the kitchen and dining area but the on-site accommodation was spared.

Despite their best efforts, more than 14 Country Fire Authority crews were unable to save the building

 Despite their best efforts, more than 14 Country Fire Authority crews were unable to save the building

Emergency services spent two hours putting out the massive blaze on Thursday

Emergency services spent two hours putting out the massive blaze on Thursday 

Country Fire Authority Commander Tim Holland said the situation could have been a lot worse. 

‘We could have easily seen serious injuries here, but the staff present acted quickly,’ he said.

‘It shows just how critical it is to have a fire plan, and that your staff are aware of that plan and what to do if there is a fire.’ 

In a Facebook post, Balgownie Estate said there were no customers inside the restaurant or cellar door, or anyone staying at the accommodation, at the time

In a Facebook post, Balgownie Estate said there were no customers inside the restaurant or cellar door, or anyone staying at the accommodation, at the time

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