The owners of a family business are counting the cost after their property was ransacked and set alight.
A call was made to Triple-0 that a hotplate was alight and firefighters contained the blaze about five minutes after their arrival.
They remained on the scene to ensure the fire was extinguished.
Stock was damaged, freezers left open, Food on the Moove vehicles smashed and the premises damaged by smoke and fire.
Damon Heinrich and his wife Emma run the business with a staff of 10.
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Covid restrictions slashed Food on the Moove's turnover by up to 85 per cent as the Victorian and NSW border closed.
The pair at times have worked 24 hours a day to keep the business running and prevent employees from losing their homes as part of the recovery.
Thursday morning's incident is a further blow to the couple and the staff members they employ at the bakery.
"We have been slowly building it back up," he said.
"We've worked really hard to keep our employees.
"There have been times when some probably would have lost their houses if we didn't do what we did.
"This is just not right."
The pair have worked seven days a week during trying times.
The incident forced the business to close as a crime scene was set up and forensic officers examined the damage, and it's unclear how long it will be shut.
"We're now assessing where we're at and what our options are," Mr Heinrich said early Thursday.
"We've been talking to insurance assessors to see how bad the damage is.
"There's a fair smell through the building and a fair bit of damage out the back."
He said couldn't understand why the business had been targeted.
"They need to have a look at themselves in the mirror and ask why they're on this Earth," Mr Heinrich said of those responsible.
"They need to think about whether they've got a purpose in life.
"We've worked hard during Covid and have focused on rebuilding the business.
"This doesn't just effect our business, it effects Food on the Moove and the Confectionery Crew, in conjunction with Fernbank Support Consultant.
"They come in and make baked goods with us, which is a skills building program."
Detective Senior Constable Ray Causer examined the damaged building with crime scene officers.
He said the fire was considered suspicious.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on (02) 6049 2600 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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