Bentley Plaza fire: at least a million dollars damage

FIRE crews remain at the scene of a blaze at Bentley Plaza that is expected to have caused at least a million dollars damage.

About 70 fire fighters attended the fire at the Ewing Street premises after receiving a report about 1.40am.

ABC News reported that fire fighters said the blaze had started in a food distribution unit before spreading to a gym and nearby by hairdressing centre.

Police said the cause of the fire was yet to be determined, but Arson Squad officers were attending the scene because of the extensive damage.

Main Roads has advised motorists to avoid the area with Ewing Street closed in both directions between Albany Highway and Catherine Street.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advised the smoke was blowing in a westerly direction towards St James and Bentley.

Nearby residents were advised to remain inside out of the smoke and fumes.

Air conditioners should be switched off.

Anyone with information on the incident or who saw anything suspicious near the shopping centre overnight can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.