Award-winning restaurant destroyed

01:59, Dec 29 2013
Pumice fire
Firefighters at the scene.
Pumice fire
'Devastating': Staff posted this photo on their Facebook page.
Pumice fire
The restaurant has won many awards.
Pumice fire
Pumice will be closed until further notice.
Pumice fire
The fire started an hour before staff were due to start their shift.
Pumice fire
Staff turn up for work to find their restaurant destroyed.

Te Rapa's famous Pumice Bistro Bar and Deli has been destroyed by fire.

The award-winning restaurant is now a blackened shell after a fire broke out about 7am today.

Shocked staff said the cause of the fire was unknown.

Seven fire crews were called to the scene to battle the blaze but were unable to save the popular eatery.

Church Rd has been cordoned off to traffic and motorists were asked to avoid the area.

In a message posted to their Facebook page, Pumice staff said they were "devastated" by the fire.

Pumice would be closed until further notice. 

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