New Zealanders Blow The Roof Off Their Hospitality House

A barbecue was ruined Wednesday when a gas canister exploded, sending London’s crazy popular Kiwi House up in flames. (No one was harmed, but Aussie sabotage rumors are already brewing.) posted on

This is the Kiwi House. At the center of Kings Cross, it’s the place to be if you’re a New Zealand fan attending the London Olympics games.

Because at Kiwi House, they like to party.

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Dancing. Eating. Rooting. The lines are often hours long out the door.

But today, tragedy struck. New Zealand partied too hard.

The source of the fire? A barbecue gas canister that exploded, literally blowing the roof off the joint, according to witnesses.

We've had a rather large fire engulf the outdoor bbq area. Everyone is ok. We're closed till further notice. More updates as they happen.

Fortunately, none of the 700 people inside were injured.

No injuries at @KiwiHouse2012" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/KiwiHouse2012">@KiwiHouse2012 for those asking, everybody seemed to get out quickly

But it’s probably going to be a while before another barbecue…

@Andrew_Scott" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Andrew_Scott">@Andrew_Scott @nzolympics" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/nzolympics">@nzolympics @kiwihouse2012 Who let the amateur on the BBQ? Did a rogue Aussie get in?

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