We've lost an icon: Palmer resort boss on burnt down dino
THE general manager of Palmer Coolum Resort has expressed his sadness at the "loss of an icon" after the T-Rex which once greeted guests at the entrance went up in smoke.
"Jeff" the dinosaur has been reduced to only a metal frame after the fire in the early hours of this morning.
"We've had the police and firies out and the police are still here now," Palmer Coolum Resort general manager Simon Stodart said.
"We're disappointed by it obviously and it's surprising.
"We don't want anything like this to happen, but at this stage we're dealing with what we can deal with and wait for the police to tell us more."
Mr Stodart said there were not immediate, apparent problems with any of the other dinosaurs at the resort at the Palmersaurus display, but the team were undertaking checks "just in case".
"Jeff was an iconic feature for the resort and he will be sadly missed," Mr Stodart said.
But not everyone agreed.
The Daily spoke to a few regular golfers at the resort who said they were happy to see it go.
"It never belonged on a golf course in the first place," the golfers said.
"This proves bad taste doesn't last."
Jeff had become a bit of an icon on the Sunshine Coast in his short time here. He even inspired one couple to write a book and record a song about the larger than life figure.
UPDATE 10.15am: ALL that remains of Jeff, Clive Palmer's dinosaur, is a metal frame and the tip of his tale which appears untouched.
There is an acrid smell of burnt plastic which permeates the air around the Palmer Coolum Resort, where Jeff once proudly stood.
Police were investigating at the site when the Daily visited at 7.30am this morning.
But the feeling amongst resort staff was Jeff had spontaneously ignited around 1am to some electrical fault.
By the time fire crews got the scene, there was little left to save.
Curious neighbours at the luxury homes neighbouring the resort were onsite to take photographs of Jeff.
Tim Williams said he had heard about it, but thought he "was looking pretty good" and had company with another one of the dinosaur skeletons "around the corner".
"I heard five minutes ago someone said it was a "terrorist attack", but no, everyone is having a bit of a laugh about it. These things happen."
EARLIER: CLIVE Palmer's beloved dinosaur Jeff has been destroyed.
The large, majestic T-Rex who 'lived' at Palmer Coolum Resort, was found burnt to the ground overnight.
Speaking briefly with the Daily this morning Clive Palmer said he was told the 30ft dinosaur was destroyed due to a fire sparked by an electrical fault.
He did not wish to comment further on the matter at the time.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency spokesman said the dinosaur was found 95 percent destroyed when they got the call about 1.40am this morning.
"There was a dinosaur on fire," the spokesman said.
The fire was put out by 1.57am but unfortunately Jeff could not be saved.
The 'death' of the 30ft dinosaur is now being investigated by police.
It was initially believed the fire was an arson attempt however a police spokesman has confirmed the fire was non-suspicious.
The Palmer Coolum Resort were contacted for comment but were yet to respond.