QUICK response by the National Fire Authority officers in Labasa prevented a fire that could have burnt down a chain of shops in Labasa Town.
A police team on patrol saw smoke coming out from the Westpac Bank at around midnight on Tuesday and alerted fire officers.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the incident was being investigated.
He said smoke was seen coming from inside the bank.
"We are investigating and working with the NFA over the alleged arson at Westpac Bank," Insp Sokomuri said.
A statement from Westpac Bank stated that no comments would be made as a management team had yet to arrive in Labasa.
The bank was closed yesterday and police continued to provide security in the area.