Firefighters were called to extinguish a rubbish fire in a room at the Batavia Motor Inne on Tuesday night, less than a week after the derelict building’s gates were locked. The latest incident comes as people continue to trespass on the derelict site, even after it has been fully secured with fencing and locked gates. A Department of Emergency Services spokesperson said they were alerted to a small rubbish fire lit inside the building at 7.50pm on April 11, which was put out at 8.10pm by the Geraldton Fire Department with two fire appliances. The only access point for the Batavia Motor Inne — gates on Fitzgerald Street — were locked on April 7 by the site’s owners, in order to prevent access to building. The gates were locked more than three months after fencing was installed There have been a number of fires at the site, most recently another indoor rubbish fire on March 4, and three fires in two weeks in the Inne in November 2022. Before being closed, the Batavia Motor Inne was occupied by a number of rough sleepers and squatters. Geraldton police officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Chris Martin said police were aware of the fire, and warned people not to enter the Batavia Motor Inne premises. According to Sen. Sgt Martin, a person had been seen on CCTV camera climbing over the fence, in an unrelated incident. “The gates are up, it’s locked, you should not be going there under any circumstances,” he said. “If there’s an issue and you need to get access to the building, contact the police.” The owners of the Batavia Motor Inne building have been contacted for comment.