FINGERS are crossed that history doesn't repeat itself tonight.
It was 100 years ago today that a massive fire tore through the old Jetty Town and left a trail of destruction.
The alarm was raised about 2.30am but due to a lack of water, there was little the fire brigade could do but stand back and watch the fire consume the row of timber commercial buildings and private residences.
By dawn, 14 shops and a number of homes had been reduced to ashes.
Among them was the City Bank branch, post office and the Pier Hotel complex, which included not just the hotel but a hall, offices and 40 rooms.
The Pier Hotel had opened in 1905 and was purchased for the princely sum of 8000 pounds in 1909 by John Parnell from Dorrigo.
It was rebuilt the next year using 240,000 bricks sourced from Laverty's Brickworks.