Almost 30 firefighters and seven trucks were called to a large blaze at The Fitzroy Pinnacle hotel around 9.30 on Saturday morning. The pub was closed at the time and no-one was injured, although firefighters needed breathing apparatus during an operation the MFB described as an "aggressive attack."
The fire is believed to have been started by a clothes dryer, and has caused between $150 - 200,000 worth of damage, according to the MFB. Fire crews advised residents to stay indoors and closed St Georges Road, causing traffic snarls across the inner-north. Despite the projected cost, it could have been worse – firefighters managed to confine damage to the ground floor.
For their part, the venue's managers have responded in a fashion that makes you proud to be Australian, taking to facebook just hours after the fire to let their followers know they'd had themselves "a bit of a mischief." In the same post, staff said they will be back "bigger and better", soon.
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The Pinnacle is one of the most recognisable venues in Melbourne's northern suburbs, and its chef, Tim Breden, has been described as one of the city's most underrated.