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Perth Bunnings Warehouse goes up in flames as residents evacuated

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Witnesses say they heard loud explosions and noted a toxic smell coming from the blaze. Photo: Twitter
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Residents have been evacuated after a Bunnings store was engulfed by flames overnight spewing toxic smoke.

Up to 100 firefighters reported to the Inglewood Bunnings store in Perth in at attempt to put out the fire, which broke out at roughly 9pm local time.

Witnesses posted videos on social media, showing thick smoke pouring from the warehouse and part of the building collapsing as a result of the blaze.

The witnesses said they heard loud explosions for almost an hour after the fire began, while some noted of a “toxic smell” spreading from the blaze.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services reported the fire posed a direct threat to nearby homes and lives in Inglewood.

Surrounding suburbs including Bayswater, Bedford, Embleton and Morley were also warned.

An evacuation centre was established at the Inglewood Civic Centre for people forced to leave their homes.

The fire was brought under control early Tuesday morning and nearby residents were told the threat had passed some hours later.

“The fire in the hardware store is contained and controlled however people in an area … may still be impacted by smoke or fumes,” Emergency WA said.

Firefighters and a pollution response team testing air quality in the area and ruled it free of toxins.

Power earlier was cut to a number of homes in the area as a precaution.

“As a precautionary measure, people in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed,” a fire services warning read.

“Air conditioners should also be switched off. People should stay away from the area.”

No casualties have been reported, according to St John Ambulance WA, but they remained on standby during the blaze.

No one was believed to be inside the warehouse at the time.

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