Cairns quarantine hotel blaze prompts emergency declaration

Two rooms in a COVID-19 quarantine hotel in Far North Queensland have been destroyed and the building evacuated after a fire broke out on the top floor this morning.

Queensland Ambulance Service medics have assessed four people at the Pacific Hotel in Cairns CBD and said they are in stable condition.

No transfer to hospital has been made yet, but paramedics remain at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the hotel around 7 am.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews fought for nearly an hour to put out the flames.

Four firefighting crews remained at the site carrying out inspections, but authorities said that everyone in the building had been “fated”.

People staying at the hotel are separated in a nearby park.

After the incident, police declared a state of emergency under the Public Safety Act and urged people to avoid areas between Abbott Street, Shield Street and Spence Street.

Police are still on the scene helping the firefighters.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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