Police have charged four teenagers over allegedly lighting a blaze at the McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Cessnock at the weekend.
Emergency services were called to the restaurant on Allandale Road, Cessnock, at about 3.30am on Sunday 19 July after reports of a fire within the external playground area.
Crews from Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the flames a short time later.
Officers from Hunter Valley Police District then started an investigation into the cause of the blaze.
Following extensive inquiries, police attended a high school in Cessnock and arrested a 15-year-old boy at about 9am yesterday (Thursday 23 July).
Officers then attended another high school in Cessnock shortly after 2.30pm and arrested a 14-year-old boy.
Later that evening, two teenage girls, aged 16 and 17, attended Cessnock Police Station, where they were both arrested.
All four teenagers were charged with damage property by fire and were all granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Monday 11 August.
Inquiries are continuing into the incident.