Treehouse restaurant destroyed
POLICE are treating a fire that destroyed the idyllic Byron Bay restaurant, Treehouse on Belongil as suspicious.
Tweed Heads Police duty officer Brad Stuart said a crime scene guard was placed at the scene in the early hours of Saturday and remained there until later that day. .
The fire was reported to have erupted in the restaurant's kitchen at 1.20am on Saturday. There have since been unconfirmed reports that the blaze was started by fireworks being thrown into the restaurant.
A Melbourne woman who did not want to be named was staying at a friend's place nearby when the fire started. She said it initially resembled fireworks.
"All these flashing lights, like flaring lights, started going and it was like thunder coming over the house. I had no idea what was going on," the woman said.
"All these alarms started going off; they sounded like car alarms, then the fire trucks started coming. There were about four fire trucks and there was an ambulance and police everywhere and there was this strange smell coming out of the Treehouse.
"We were just mesmerised because Belongil is so sleepy and nothing ever happens here."
Treehouse on Belongil was the favourite social spot of many locals and some have posted supportive comments on the restaurant's Facebook page.
Treehouse on Belongil replied: "Firstly thanks to everyone, for the concern and support, it means a lot to the Treehouse family.
"Most importantly nobody is hurt and we will be back! But how, why and when are still left to answer.
"Staff, we will let you all know as soon as we have a better understanding."