Police are investigating a suspicious building fire at a fast food restaurant in the Hunter region.
About 3.30am today (Sunday 19 July 2020), emergency services were called to the business on Allandale road, Cessnock, following reports of a fire.
Upon arrival, an external playground and dining area was found to be well alight and the blaze was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW.
The restaurant was closed at the time and no one was injured, however, the fire caused significant damage to the outdoor area and roof.
Officers from Hunter Valley Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire which is being treated as suspicious.
Inquiries are continuing.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.