More than 50 firefighters were called in to battle a blaze at Gateshead overnight.
The Newcastle MG dealership on Oakdale Road went up in flames just after 7.30pm.
Multiple calls for help were made by nearby residents.
Twelve trucks attended the fire, with paramedics on scene for firefighters’ safety.
Fire and Rescue NSW told the Newcastle Weekly that 30% of the building had been damaged by the fire.
The blaze took almost three hours to extinguish.