Fire at popular Wellington cafe

Last updated 13:09 26/08/2012
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CHARRED REMAINS: The Maranui cafe's interior.

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The Maranui Cafe in Lyall Bay has been hit by another fire, three years after it was destroyed by a blaze.

A fire was lit in the cafe's cardboard recycling bin at about 2am on Sunday, and spread to the side of the building.

The arson attack set off a security alarm at the cafe, and fire engines were called to the scene.

Co-owner Bronwyn Kelly said the fire caused some damage to the building's exterior, with weatherboards needing to be replaced and repainted.

The gas supply was also out until about 11.30am - affecting peak trading at the cafe.

"We made an emergency menu, which was a lot shorter," said Ms Kelly.

"It wasn't that great, but people were pretty understanding."

The cafe was painstakingly restored after a fire in August 2009.

"It's a little bit freaky, seeing [the damage], and smelling the fire as well," said Ms Kelly.  "It brings back a few memories.

"And they say lightning doesn't strike twice."

Model Miranda Kerr name-checked Maranui as a favourite in an interview for the New York Times' fashion magazine earlier this month.

Related story: Cafe review: Maranui Cafe

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