Manuka restaurant site gutted by flames

Charlotte 30 November 2016 2
Manuka fire site. Photo: Charlotte Harper

A restaurant site in the cinema building on the corner of Franklin Street and Furneaux Street in Manuka was gutted by fire earlier this morning.

Fire guts Manuka restaurant site. Photo: Charlotte Harper

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported to ACT Fire & Rescue at 3.55am. Cleaners working elsewhere in the building were unharmed.

Manuka fire site. Photo: Charlotte Harper

Most recently operated as mediterranean restaurant Avesta, the site was formerly home to Tosolini’s, Pangaea, Charlie Black and Pheast. Part of a building owned by Sotiria Liangis’s Liangis Investments, it had been up for lease after Avesta’s closure earlier this year.

For lease sign at fire site. Photo: Charlotte Harper The interior of former restaurant Avesta. Photo: Avesta's Facebook page

Firefighters were mopping up at around 6.30am this morning after checking for damage to surrounding buildings, and Furneaux Street was closed at the intersection with Canberra Avenue (at St Christopher’s Cathedral). The lane of Franklin Street closest to the fire wreckage was also closed when the RiotACT attended the scene.

Manuka fire site. Photo: Charlotte Harper

Damage to the restaurant was significant and crews were undertaking ventilation operations this morning. Firefighters were also investigating fire extension and smoke damage in nearby businesses.

Four pumpers, the breathing apparatus van and two commanders were on scene, with two police officers directing traffic.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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2 Responses to Manuka restaurant site gutted by flames
Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:13 pm 30 Nov 16

For whatever reason, that site has been a revolving door. Hospitality is a tough gig!

Serina Huang Serina Huang 11:21 am 30 Nov 16

Oh, that is really sad. I had been wanting to try eating at Avesta for ages. It is such a great location. Lucky it didn’t spread further.

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