POLICE are treating a fire that gutted a butchery and post office on the McIvor Highway as suspicious.
Uniform and detective police were on scene this morning examining fire-ravaged Boydies Butchery and the Sandhurst East Post Office.
Arson chemists from Melbourne will investigate the scene with Bendigo detectives and CFA fire investigators this afternoon.
The fire broke out at the site about 7.30pm last night and fire crews had it under control at 8.30pm.
Insulation is strewn throughout the butchery and glass is missing from the front door of both businesses.
Police have cordoned off the site.
The businesses share a roof, which the fire has extensively damaged.
More to come.
FIRE has badly damaged the roof area of Boydies Butchery and the Sandhurst East Post Office in McIvor Road, Bendigo.
Police and fire crews were again on scene this morning, more than 12 hours after the fire broke out.
Emergency services crews attended the scene and the fire was reported under control at 8.30pm.
Fire crews used the ladder platform truck to battle the blaze.
McIvor Road was blocked in both directions during the incident.
The fire attracted more than 100 onlookers to the McIvor Road-Murphy Street intersection.
Bendigo Advertiser photographer Jim Aldersey reported large flames in the roof area.
He said the fire appeared to be mostly contained to the roof which was badly damaged.
He said some stock was removed from the Australia Post store.