Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire which gutted The Edwards, a Newcastle bar and restaurant co-owned by Silverchair bass player Chris Joannou.

A team of forensic examiners visited the site yesterday on Parry Street after a blaze tore through it during the early hours.

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Source: The Edwards Instagram

No-one was injured in the fire, which took more than three hours to extinguish and required dozens of firefighters. Some 70% of the building was destroyed, the ABC reports.

There were no “glaringly obvious” signs of suspicious circumstances, local police told the Newcastle Herald, but there aren’t any updates at this stage. Forensics will “have to look at what the causal factors were and whether a further investigation needs to be made at that point,” Newcastle duty officer Chief Inspector Paul Johnson tells TIO.

Messages of support have flooded in for the Edwards, a popular hub for Novocastrian foodies and culture vultures which was established in 2014 by Joannou and his business partner Chris Johnston.

“This is no ordinary bar,” the establishment boasts on its website, “ it’s the heart of a vibrant, creative community blooming in the awesome post-industrial architecture of Newcastle’s West End.”