Subsequent to being allowed to become derelict, the circa 1865 home of Samuel de la Bere Barker (1848-1901) at 281 Cambridge Terrace near the Madras Street bridge, appears to have become yet another victim of a suspicious fire.
The above photograph of the fire damaged kitchen is from a sequence of images posted on flickr by ars666. Click on the photo to see the whole set, which opens in a new window.
An observer reports:-
"The place is in a pretty bad state, not much to take photos of sadly.
What really gets me is I'd visited it a month or two ago and aside from being a bit messy the interior looked to be in pretty good nick.
Now the kitchen and one of the back rooms, as well as at least one room upstairs are written off - I would say pretty much the whole rear of the house would need to be rebuilt if it were to be saved.
Maybe I'm just jaded but the situation this house was in, and then the subsequent burning of it seems pretty suspect..."