Police are investigating a fire that occurred at A Taste of Asia in Mount Maunganui.
Tauranga fire safety investigator Jon Rewi says that the fire has a suspicious cause to it and may have been done deliberately.
“It looks as though the fire has started inside the building.
“It could have been a fire lit from the outside with all the rubbish bins around the area, there is no reason why someone wouldn’t have set fire to a piece of rubbish outside this building.
“There are lots of bins around this area, I do stress that business owners try and secure that type of stuff to prevent this sort of thing happening.”
Jon believes that the police’s investigation may be ongoing for three-four days.