Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to an incident at Monument Restaurant on Biddulph High Street, Biddulph during the early hours of this morning.
"Upon arrival firefighters found the first floor and roof space of the property to be well alight. Using the aerial ladder platform, crews removed the tiles from the roof and used two mains jets to tackle the fire.
"The incident was bought under control quickly however crews remained at the incident until approximately 7am where they dampened down remaining hot spots."
Moorlands Assistant Area Commander, David Agu
The call was received just after 1.45am this morning and involved a severe fire within an end terraced building, approximately 15 metres by 10 metres.
Initially crews from Biddulph, Burslem and Kidsgrove were sent to the incident. In addition specialist appliances including the aerial ladder platform from Longton and the damage limitation unit from Hanley were also sent to the incident.
Relief crews from Kidsgrove and Leek were mobilised to the incident at approximately 5.45am. The fire caused severe damage to the first floor and roof space of the property. A structural engineer was requested to assess the structural stability of the property due to the severity of the fire.
Fire Investigation Officers are currently at the scene today where they are carrying out an investigation into the cause of the incident.