Major fuel stop closes indefinitely after serious kitchen fire

Barkly Homestead Fuel Roadhouse Kitchen Fire Nov 2022

The Barkly Homestead Roadhouse, the only fuel station for 500 kilometres between Tennant Creek and the Queensland border community of Camooweal, is closed for the “foreseeable future” after a major kitchen fire this week.

According to the ABC, emergency services were called to the fuel roadhouse, 200km east of Tennant Creek, around 5:30am following reports of a structure fire in the kitchen. Owner David Bassingthwaighte said three people were staying at the roadhouse at the time of the fire.

“Between a few people, they managed to get some fire extinguishers and put it out on the ceiling,” he said. Since it was built in 1984, the roadhouse has become a popular destination for travellers and truckies and provides vital services and supplies to the surrounding community. Mr Bassingthwaighte said it would close indefinitely while they assessed the extent of the damage.

“I suspect it will be a number of weeks before we’re up and going again,” he said. He said the top priority was restoring power at the site so they could resume fuel sales.

“But then it’ll be operating on a fuel-only basis,” he said. “After that, we’ll just have to play it by ear on how much damage there is and how long it’ll take to fix.”

Motorists are being urged to plan their fuel supplies for the stretch between Camooweal and the Threeways Roadhouse, 20 minutes’ drive north of Tennant Creek. Camooweal Police are organising for signs to be erected along the Barkly Highway warning motorists about the change before they cross over the border into the Territory.

“It’s an essential stop for caravanners due to the fuel,” Mount Isa Police District Senior Sergeant Sean Wade said. “Especially at this time of year when the temperatures are up around the high 30s and early 40s.” Although it was the off-season for tourists in the region, Senior Sergeant Wade noticed there continued to be caravanners travelling through the region.



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