“RAZED IN 45 MINUTES  One of Byron Bay's most spectacular fires occurred yesterday afternoon when the Pier Hotel was razed in 45 minutes. The building, of wood and fibro, burned and collapsed in sections. This photo was taken when the flames had consumed the interior of the upper floor. The garages and outhouses at the right were also destroyed. Personal belongings saved from the structure are shown lower left foreground.” Source: Northern Star; 29 Mar 1949: 4. See here. A further account here.
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