PARTS of a vacant property have been extensively damaged by a fire which broke out about 3pm.
Crews have controlled the fire, which saw Napier Street in Bendigo closed between Nolan and Tomlins streets.
One lane of Napier Street has now re-opened, with traffic travelling through northbound. Diversions were in place taking traffic via Hargreaves Street.
Fire Rescue Victoria senior station officer Ashley Baker said the fire appeared to have started at the rear of the property.
Mr Baker said this part of the property was extensively damaged, and the fire had also got into the roof.
He said firefighters had controlled the blaze within minutes of arriving on scene.
Mr Baker said the cause of the fire was not yet known, but police would be involved in the investigation.
Three units from FRV attended the blaze, as well as the Golden Square Country Fire Authority brigade.
Four crew members used breathing equipment to enter the property and put out the fire.
TRAFFIC diversions are in place around Napier Street as firefighters attend a house fire.
An advice warning has been issued for the East Bendigo area, warning of smoke from nearby roads.
Firefighters have controlled the blaze.
Napier Street is closed between Nolan and Tomlins streets, with traffic being diverted through Hargreaves Street.
Fire Rescue Victoria has told residents that there is no threat, but they should continue to stay informed an monitor conditions.
Four fire trucks and a detective were on scene about 3.30pm.
Emergency services told residents they should close windows and doors if they, or someone they lived with, was sensitive to smoke. Services also said turn off heating and cooling.
Anyone needing medical advice for smoke exposure can contact their doctor, or speak to Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
In an emergency contact triple zero.
Emergency services have been called to a house fire in Bendigo.
The fire at a property on Napier Street was reported just after 3pm on Wednesday.
Police and fire crews are on scene.
Traffic on Napier Street is blocked in both directions.
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