Fire crews from Newport, Cowes and East Cowes were mobilised to Friends of the Animals on Riverway Industrial Estate at just before 01:00.
4 appliances rushed to the scene alongside an Aerial Ladder Platform and the Incident Command Unit.
Thankfully, the situation was quickly brought under control using 2 breathing apparatus and 1 hose reel jet. The fire, situated within the front of the council-owned building, has been described as small.
A thermal imaging camera was used to check for any hotspots to ensure the fire had not spread on the ground floor.
Island Echo is told that Police combed the local area for an individual who is understood to have fled the scene. It’s unclear at this stage if any arrests have been made.
UPDATE – Police have confirmed that the incident is being treated as arson.
A spokesperson for the force has said:
“We were called shortly before 1am with reports of a fire at Friends of the Animals in Newport. Upon police attendance, the fire service had extinguished the fire.
“No-one was injured.
“The incident is being investigated as arson and enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting 44200447554.