A fire which tore through Borneo Bistro and neighbouring business is not thought to be suspicious.
Northumbria Police has confirmed inquiries have established the blaze, in Hylton Road, in the Millfield area of Sunderland, was not started deliberately.
A spokesperson for the police said: “At around 11.10pm, police received a report of a fire at a property on Hylton Road, Sunderland.
“Emergency services attended and the fire was extinguished. Nobody was injured, and the cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious.”
A donations page has been set up as part of a campaign to show the owners of the restaurant, Kevin and Remy Smith.
It can be found here.