A large factory fire has gutted a Fitzroy North warehouse.
Forty five firefighters battled for more than two hours tonight to bring the blaze under control at 7:29pm, after fire broke out at the Reid Street former offices Italian newspaper Il Globo just before 5:30pm.
Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman Jay Gleeson said the fire is being treated as suspicious.
Residents from six nearby buildings were evacuated amid concerns the building may collapse, he said.
Smoke billowing from the blaze has blanketed surrounding streets, prompting the Metropolitan Fire Brigade to issue an alert warning residents in Carlton North, Fitzroy and Fitzroy North to close their windows.
Il Globo building roof well ablaze pic.twitter.com/qY7jIhUhz0— Ben Eltham (@beneltham) July 6, 2014
Il Globo building roof well ablaze pic.twitter.com/qY7jIhUhz0
MFB's Mr Gleeson said no one was injured in the fire.
Route 96 trams along Nicholson Street were being affected with northbound trams terminating at Gertrude, and a shuttle bus operating between the East Brunswick terminus and Victoria Parade.
Il Globo spokesman Julius Larombina told Fairfax Media the newspaper moved out of the building two weeks ago, and the vacant building was in the process of being demolished to make way for apartments.