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Historic hostel reduced to rubble

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A historic Bundaberg building has been torn down, after it was gutted by fire.

Works to bring down the walls of the more than 100-year-old Federal Backpackers Hostel on Bourbong Street began on Wednesday afternoon. It was levelled overnight.

It comes after a fire tore through the building and neighbouring Spotted Dog Tavern on Monday night.

Area Commander John Pappas said due to the age of the hostel building and extent of damage, it was not safe to leave the facade as it was.

It could be sometime before it is known how the popular pub and backpackers went up in flames, if the cause it determined at all.

Mr Pappas said until remedial works were undertaken to allow crews to gain access, they could not get in to determine a cause.

"Unfortunately due to the structural integrity of the building and the extent of damage, we have not been able to determine a cause at this time but investigations are continuing," Mr Pappas said.