Fire rips through Byron Bay nightclub
POLICE are investigating a fire that gutted Byron Bay nightclub La La Land at the weekend.
Twenty people fled the building after the fire started about 9.30pm on Saturday but no one was injured.
An estimated 50 residents from a nearby backpackers' hostel were also evacuated as a precaution.
Lawson St and Lawson Lane were closed while the fire was extinguished with seven trucks from Fire and Rescue NSW, including Hazmat units from Goonellabah and Tweed as well as Rural Fire Service brigades attending.
The streets were re-opened yesterday morning as salvage operations continued.
"The building has 25% water damage and about 80% contents damage," a Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said.
The spokesman said the fire is believed to have started in an air-conditioning unit.
Flames burst through the roof of the 15m x 35m two-storey building and initially two firefighters with breathing apparatus and hose lines made their way inside, cutting through the roof with a power saw.
After getting the fire under control the scene was monitored through the night before it was cleared at 7am for salvage operations to start.
Police inquires are continuing into the blaze.