INTRUDERS broke in to Brierly’s Cafe in Weston Creek early this morning, shortly before a fire broke out in the kitchen, causing serious damage.
Firefighters arrived on the scene just before 1am, responding to reports of flames inside the cafe from several members of the public, closely followed by police officers a few minutes later.
They quickly contained the fire and successfully stopped it from spreading to other nearby businesses.
Police say the intruders tripped a back-to-base alarm and a security firm contacted the owners of the cafe, who rang triple-zero.
ACT Fire and Rescue declared the fire suspicious and handed the scene over to police at about 2.30am.
Anyone with information about the fire or people acting suspiciously in the area at around midnight last night can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 online at act.crimestoppers.com.au Information can be provided anonymously.