A MAN who was at home when a fire started in his unit has been taken to Bendigo Health for observations.
Bendigo Sergeant Mick Delaney said no one was injured in the blaze and the man appeared to be okay.
He said a woman who lived next door was lucky to escape.
"There's no damage to her unit but given the circumstances and seriousness of the fire," he said.
"She is very lucky there was no damage to her or her unit."
Sergeant Delaney said the fire caused extensive damage to the unit and it would need to be rebuilt.
He said police were unsure of the cause of the fire yet.
Fire investigators from Melbourne are on their way to the crime scene.
Sergeant Delaney appealed for witnesses to call Bendigo police or Crime Stoppers.
The block of units is now being treated as a crime scene.
Bendigo Sergeant Mick Delaney said an arson squad was attending.
The arson chemist is investigating.
Detectives and Country Fire Authority crews remain on scene.
Police are working to rehouse residents of the units.
The road blocks are still in place.
Powercor is now at the site.
The fire is under control and its cause is being investigated.
FIREFIGHTERS are responding to a unit on fire in Bendigo's King Street.
The fire was reported about 9.45am on Wednesday.
There is lots of smoke in the area from the blaze.
Police are also on scene and controlling traffic.
King Street is blocked off at Arthur Street. There is also traffic management in Myrtle Street.
Three Country Fire Authority tanks are at the fire, along with ambulance crews.
Earlier on Wednesday, a weatherboard house was ablaze in Inglis Street, West Bendigo. It was under control by 6.40am.
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