GOVERNMENT offices in Newcastle were damaged by smoke after a fire last night.
Fire crews were alerted just after 7pm by an automatic alarm in the Bull Street complex.
Four trucks, more than 20 fire fighters, ambulance and police attended the scene.
Upon gaining forced entry and investigating the building firefighters quickly located and extinguished the blaze.
The fire was located on level one of the building in the Australian Apprenticeship Centre.
While only four square metres of space was affected by the fire, a much larger section was damaged due to extensive smoke.
Newcastle Station Commander Mark Kennewell said fire crews performed admirably in tough conditions.
‘‘The extent of the smoke made it a challenging fire,’’ he said.
‘‘Crews played their part in locating and extinguishing the fire in quick time.’’
Crews were at the scene until 11pm.