A GROUP of youths seen loitering near an abandoned home in Coffs Harbour are suspected of having lit a fire, which damaged the premises last night.
Police and Fire and Rescue crews were called to a Manning Ave address around 8pm after reports of flames and smoke coming from inside the house.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which caused significant damage to the property.
Neighbours alerted police that they heard items being smashed inside the home and saw a group of young boys inside the premises around 5.30pm.
Police are investigating the suspicious fire.
Residents or motorists who saw anyone acting suspiciously in Manning Ave last night should call Coffs Harbour Police via Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.