Building evacuated

Wakatipu firefighters begin the dampening down process after a major fire in Shotover St, Queenstown.
Wakatipu firefighters begin the dampening down process after a major fire in Shotover St, Queenstown.
Wakatipu firefighters begin the dampening down process after a major fire in Shotover St, Queenstown.
Wakatipu firefighters begin the dampening down process after a major fire in Shotover St, Queenstown.
Wakatipu firefighters begin the dampening down process after a major fire in Shotover St, Queenstown.
Wakatipu firefighters begin the dampening down process after a major fire in Shotover St, Queenstown.
Fire Service Central and North Otago area manager Keith McIntosh was choppered into Queenstown this evening to view the scene of the Station Building fire.
Fire Service Central and North Otago area manager Keith McIntosh was choppered into Queenstown this evening to view the scene of the Station Building fire.
Images from the Station Building fire in Queenstown.
Images from the Station Building fire in Queenstown.
Images from the Station Building fire in Queenstown.
Images from the Station Building fire in Queenstown.
Images from the Station Building fire in Queenstown.
Images from the Station Building fire in Queenstown.
The Station Building on fire in Queenstown.
The Station Building on fire in Queenstown.
The Station Building on fire in Queenstown.
The Station Building on fire in Queenstown.
The World Bar in Queenstown on fire.
The World Bar in Queenstown on fire.
Shotver St in Queenstown has been evacuated after a large fire has broken out at the Station Building.
Shotver St in Queenstown has been evacuated after a large fire has broken out at the Station Building.
Shotver St in Queenstown has been evacuated after a large fire has broken out at the Station Building.
Shotver St in Queenstown has been evacuated after a large fire has broken out at the Station Building.
A view looking down near Shotover St, where a fire has broken out.
A view looking down near Shotover St, where a fire has broken out.
People line the street as a cordon has been set up, after a large fire has broken out in the Station Building, Queenstown.
People line the street as a cordon has been set up, after a large fire has broken out in the Station Building, Queenstown.
People line the street as a cordon has been set up, after a large fire has broken out in the Station Building, Queenstown.
People line the street as a cordon has been set up, after a large fire has broken out in the Station Building, Queenstown.

A fire that raged through an iconic Queenstown bar is now out.

Firefighters are now in dampening down mode after fighting the fire in Shotover St since 3.30pm.

Sergeant Steve Watt said it appeared the fire developed in the kitchen of the downstairs Fat Badger bar about 3.30pm.

FLAMES FOUGHT: Shotover St in Queenstown has been blocked as a kitchen fire takes hold in the Station Building.
FLAMES FOUGHT: Shotover St in Queenstown has been blocked as a kitchen fire takes hold in the Station Building.

Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown fire brigades were quickly on the scene but it became well involved, with flames leaping from the upstairs windows of the World Bar.

Smoke billowed across town from the wooden building as dozens of Shotover St businesses were evacuated and hundreds of people lined the street watching the action.

Sergeant Steve Watt said it was too early to say how many buildings were affected but it was believed some neighbouring offices may be badly smoke damaged.

BLAZE: People have lined the streets in Shotover St, Queenstown, to view a fire at the Station Building.
BLAZE: People have lined the streets in Shotover St, Queenstown, to view a fire at the Station Building.

The cause of the fire was yet to be determined but the wooden frame contributed to the flames.

''I think the dry timber framing certainly added fuel to the fire but the fire guys are doing a good job to try and bring it under control.''

At 5.30pm, Fire Service Central and North Otago area manager Keith McIntosh was flown into Queenstown by helicopter, landed at the recreation ground and headed straight to the scene.

The World Bar marketing manager Chris Barnhart said everyone in the bar escaped safely and were meeting last night.

He declined to comment further.

Retail assistant Kel said she saw ''huge plumes of smoke'' from about 1km away at the Queenstown Gardens and went to see what was happening.

She was devastated to see the World Bar in flames.

''It's a big iconic bar. It does a lot of good for the commnuity. It will be felt by the whole community.

''The fire guys have done an amazing job of containing it because it was a really big fire.''

With all of the local fire appliances involved at the scene, appliances from Cromwell and Alexandra to act as back up in the area.

A fire truck from truck and crew from Invercargill were also on their way.

The World Bar's facebook page has more than 200 comments as fans of the bar worldwide tonight start sharing memories of partying in Queenstown.

The facebook page says ''For those of you that haven't heard yet, unfortunately our beloved World Bar was caught in a monster blaze from an adjacent building this afternoon. It was a pretty huge fire and damage looks to be very severe but we dont know how bad the longterm is.  The main things is that everyone is safe from every buidling. But from all the team, thank you to all you diners, revelers and music lovers who have embraced us into your nightly schedule.''

Comments posted include:

Morgan Moore: Canadian tears are being shed. In complete shock. Love you World Bar. But the Phoenix will rise from the ashes!!!! xxxx

Dion Dunlop: Holy cow! Just seen the news. My thoughts are with you Dave and Wardy! Wow wee! What can one say . So many great times , but I am sure the world will be back and better!

Lisa Chambers: Gutting news, glad all are ok, though my heart goes out to TWB QT I have had plenty of awesome nights there.... though not sure I remember them all! Good luck for the re-build xx

Joe Cowie: Glad to hear you guys are all safe! Very sad to hear about the fire at World Bar today. K+Lab and myself will be sending you shout-outs and positive vibes tonight! Much love World Bar crew!

The Southland Times