Fire has destroyed the Pialligo Estate restaurant building in Canberra, less than 18 months after a separate blaze destroyed the venue’s award-winning smokehouse.
The fire took hold about 4:30pm on Wednesday at the popular food spot’s restaurant building.
Fire crews said by the time the blaze had been tamed, the roof had partially collapsed and the structure had been totally destroyed.
It is understood the fire began in the restaurant’s kitchen.
“We’ve lost a major part of the building,” Commander Mark Phillips from the ACT Fire Service told the ABC.
“Everybody managed to self-evacuate the premises before we got here.”
At one point a chef from the restaurant ran to the property’s entrance and told her husband “everything is gone”.
It is understood police near the scene donned masks due to concerns the building may contain asbestos.
The cause of the blaze is not clear, however authorities said there were no suspicious circumstances at the early stages of investigation.
Fire destroyed the estate’s award-winning smokehouse last year.