Fire investigators believe a structure fire at Bridge Street on Wednesday was accidental.
The cause of the fire has not yet been detailed.
POLICE are understood not to be treating last night's fire in Bridge Street as suspicious.
EMERGENCY services are responding to a structure fire at Bridge Street in Bendigo.
Firefighters received the call for assistance shortly before 9pm.
A section of Bridge Street is closed as firefighters attend the scene.
The affected building neighbours Mulqueen Family Funerals and Santons of Bendigo.
Firefighters are expected to remain on scene for several hours.
Senior station officer Craig Houlahan said a derelict shop, which had been renovated, was fully alight when Bendigo Fire Rescue Victoria and Golden Square CFA Brigade members arrived.
"Crews have forced entry to the front and rear of the building," Mr Houlahan said.
Firefighters also gained entry to the roof to extinguish the fire.
Mr Houlahan said the fire was contained within 30 minutes.
He said both premises had asbestos, so crews would be on scene for up to three hours.
"At this stage it is being investigated what the cause is," Mr Houlahan said.
Police said the premises had been vacant for more than 12 months, but had a pizza oven out the back, which the property's owners had used earlier in the day.
The pizza oven was being investigated as a possible cause of the fire, according to police.
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