A fire that caused damage to two Deniliquin businesses is being treated as suspicious.
There was immediate fire damage to the rear of the TLC Real Estate building in Cressy St, where firefighters found the blaze after being called about 2.15am on Monday.
Smoke damage was also caused to the inside of the building and to the neighbouring Red Rose Diner building.
Police are investigating and NSW Fire and Rescue Captain Martin Smith said the cause of the fire was suspicious.
‘‘On arrival two shops were smoke-logged and we sent two teams of firefighters with breathing apparatus into one building — from the rear and the front — and found the fire in the rear,’’ he said.
‘‘After the buildings were ventilated and we had monitored gas levels, it was handed over to Deniliquin detectives.
‘‘The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is being treated as suspicious at this stage.’’
Capt Smith said the TLC Real Estate building suffered internal structural damage to walls and other heat damage, and some contents were destroyed in the fire.
The building also suffered water damage from firefighting efforts.
Capt Smith said the fire was prevented from spreading to the diner, but there was smoke damage.
He said the fire was also believed to have caused a water pipe to burst, which flooded the diner.
Attempts to contact TLC Real Estate for comment were unsuccessful.
Anyone with information can phone police on 58819299 or Crime Stoppers on 1300333000.
— Pastoral Times