(Metro Victoria Fire Wire)

An early morning fire at a downtown Victoria nail salon Thursday is being treated as suspicious.

Firefighters were dispatched to KH Silver Nails on Fort Street just before 2 a.m. — moments before, VicPD officers were also flagged down for a building fire in the 700-block of Fort Street.

Fire crews had to deal with heavy smoke inside the building when they arrived, as well as in neighbouring businesses.

The fire caused extensive damage to the salon and a restaurant next door. Damages to the businesses and buildings are estimated at around $250,000.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

VicPD’s forensic identification team attended the scene and continued the investigation. Victoria Fire Department fire investigators are also investigating the incident.

This file remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call VicPD at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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