In the small hours of the morning on Friday, Police, firefighters and paramedics were called out to Adelaide Terrace where 30 backpackers stood on the street watching their hostel burn.
One woman was dead inside the Exclusive Backpackers hostel, and three others were rushed to hospital to treat smoke inhalation.
Arson and homicide squad detectives are investigating, and a police spokesman called for anyone who was on Adelaide Terrace near the Exclusive Backpackers Hostel between midnight and 12:30am on Friday to come forward.
“We are currently in the early stages of an investigation to determine what occurred here and why.”
The woman, who has not yet been identified, was in her 40s.