Historic pub completely destroyed in inferno
UPDATE 9.53AM: As of 5am this morning, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are on the scene monitoring and cleaning up 19 hours after the horror inferno that destroyed the Muckadilla Hotel Motel.
More to come...
EARLIER: AN ICONIC country pub has been razed to the ground in an inferno that has left the owners devastated.
Three fire crews rushed to the Muckadilla Hotel Motel, 41km west of Roma after receiving a 000 call about 3.10pm.
By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the inferno has spread through most of the structure, destroying the pub entirely.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said initial reports indicate a nearby residential property became engulfed in flames, before it spread to the pub.
The owners of the pub told Newscorp of the devastation of seeing their home of the past 10 years engulfed in flames.
"Everything we had is gone. The hardest part is the memorabilia that was in there we've now lost," he told Newscorp.
"We owned the pub for 10 years so it's our home. We've been trying to sell for about a year."
The Warrego Highway was closed in both directions surrounding Muckadilla while firefighters battled to contain the flames.
The hotel became engulfed in flames after the house next door caught fire.
The Warrego Highway has been closed in both directions surrounding Muckadilla following the engulfment of the Hotel this afternoon.
A Queensland Police Services spokesman told Newscorp the highway would remain closed until the scene had been secured.
Only nine people live in Muckadilla, and the hotel has been on the market for at least 12 months.
The hotel, affectionately known by locals as "Mucka" dates back to 1885, when it was "the Railway."
The hotel that stands on the Warrego Highway has been the bread and butter of Muckadilla since 1912.
Mr McIntosh and his wife Sue, who hail from Woodburn, NSW, bought the pub in 2009 after years of working in the hospitality industry.
The pub had nine motel rooms, a pool, beer garden, dining area, residential home and camping grounds.
EARLIER 4PM: THE iconic Muckadilla Hotel Motel is burning to the ground.
A call was made to 000 at about 3.10pm.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman told Newscorp it was believed a nearby residential property became engulfed in flames, before it spread to the pub.
"The commercial property is now well involved. It has been evacuated," she said.
"They're now undertaking exposure protection to ensure every property nearby that may be affected is safe.
"We currently have three crews on scene and one more en route."
The cause of the fire is so far unclear, with investigators set to arrive tomorrow.