Up to seven shops are believed to have been damaged in a blaze that engulfed a shopping centre in Gisborne on Tuesday night.
Two of the three storeys at the Adair Building on Gladstone Road were destroyed, while the ground floor has severe water damage.
Fire Service assistant area manager Rob Karaitiana says the building is a major loss to Gisborne's central business district.
Mr Karaitana says his feeling is that the building will be demolished, but this is up to the insurers.
At this stage, the Fire Service is not saying if the fire is suspicious.