FIRE which damaged the Somerville Salvos store in Eramosa Road last week is believed to have started in bundles of donated goods piled up outside.
The items were in a lane between the Salvos shop and a tobacconist.
Somerville CFA members put out the blaze which was hot enough to cause two windows at the rear of the shop to blow out. The shop also suffered water damage.
CFA crews worked hard to prevent the fire spreading to other shops.
Police described the cause of the blaze as suspicious. Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au