Fire destroys home in North Lismore
Police and fire authorities are investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed an old two-storey building in Bridge Street, North Lismore, on Monday.
A resident in the building and workers in the nearby area were evacuated around lunchtime soon after the fire engulfed the timber building adjoining Horseland.
Police cordoned off the surrounding area to keep a large crowd which had gathered well away, fearing gas cylinders inside the buildings could explode.
It took firefighters around an hour to bring the blaze under control as it threatened to spread to nearby buildings.
It is believed the building, which had a colourful history as one of the earliest brothels in Lismore, had been used as a private residence and a storage area for Beckinsales Monumental Masons. The Richmond River Historical Society believes the building dates back to around the 1880s.
No-one was injured in the blaze.