This incident follows closely on the heels of a series of suspicious blazes across Melbourne.
Just last month, a Melbourne crime boss’s restaurant, Karizma in Docklands, was targeted twice in three days.
The alleged assailants, caught on CCTV, smashed a window before pouring accelerant into the restaurant and setting it ablaze.
The second attack completely destroyed the venue, forcing around 60 residents living in an apartment above to evacuate.
The police suspect a connection between these previous arson attacks and a broader series of incidents across Victoria, mainly targeting tobacco stores over the past eight months.
Detectives will now explore whether the recent fire at Almina is linked to this pattern of criminal activity.
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