Historic Tullimbah Inn at Tullimbar damaged by ‘suspicious’ fire

Police are investigating how a series of small fires were lit inside the Tullimbah Inn Wednesday morning, causing significant damage to the building.

Emergency services were called to the restaurant on the Illawarra Highway at Tullimbar at 5.26am. Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Albion Park and Dapto plus the Rural Fire Service were in attendance.

Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander for the Illawarra Inspector John Hawes said smoke was issuing from the roof of the building with firefighters discovering there were numerous small fires inside.

“With multiple seats of fire it’s quite clearly that something untoward has occurred so it’s over to the police to investigate,” he said.

“[RFS] are going to send one of their investigating officers to work with police to make any sort of determination.”

Inspector Hawes said crews were quick to respond and quick to act with all fires extinguished by 5.50am.

It’s believed the kitchen sustained extensive damage.

The Tullimbah Inn was built in the late 1800s after the original 1860s store and post office burned down.

A crime scene has been established and will be examined later today by Fire Investigators and Scene of Crime officers once the scene is declared safe.