Firefighters have managed to put out a blaze in an empty unit above a restaurant in Port Macquarie.
At 4.38am this morning (Saturday June 8), Fire and Rescue Port Macquarie were called to the Dumpling Noodle House in Horton Street. Flames and smoke were pouring from the rooms upstairs above the restaurant.
"Thankfully, the unit was empty," said Station Officer Michael Kearns from Fire and Rescue Port Macquarie.
He said fire crews got in through the back of the building, and brought the flames under control, using two lines of hose. There was significant damage to the top level of the building, and smoke and water damage to the ground floor.
Station Officer Kearns said there was a lot of smoke and flames in the vicinity, and they also assessed the building for structural collapse dangers. They had a rehab unit at the scene, to look after the welfare of firefighters.
"Our message to everyone is: make sure you have got a working smoke alarm. Most fires in the home are created by unattended cooking. Also, don't put anything nearer than a metre to a heater," he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.