Tasmania, September 2007

Fire - Urban - Liverpool Street, Hobart

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1 Businesses Destroyed

On 22 September 2007 a historical department store in Hobart was destroyed by fire. The building consisted of four trading floors and was one of the largest department stores in Hobart.

The fire started in the Liverpool Street store between the first and second floors.  The building was successfully evacuated and there were no deaths or significant injuries. The roof of the Liverpool Street store collapsed and the structural damage was such that the remaining four walls had to be demolished to avoid damage to neighbouring buildings. Significant damage occurred to the contents of surrounding stores. When the fire was at its worst, approximately 90 firefighters from Hobart and surrounding areas, more than 60 police and a number of ambulance crews were in attendance.

The Tasmanian Fire Service assessed the damage to the store and the surrounding businesses to cost in the vicinity of $50 million.

Information sources

City of Hobart Media Release, Thursday 12 June 2014, website viewed 3 February 2015
Magistrates Court of Tasmania, Record of investigation into a fire, 14 August 2009, website viewed 26 October 2011
The Age, ‘Gutted Myer Hobart building to be demolished’, 23 September 2007, website viewed 26 October 2011