A witness has described how flames engulfed a Salvation Army store in Greenwood this morning.
Employees and some customers were in the store when the fire began, The West Australian understands.
Michael Dawes said the fire started “very small but within the space of 10 minutes it was massive”.
“I saw a guy running around the front of the place on his phone and the fire kept growing,” Mr Dawes said.
“The flames started off about 2m high but then got up into the roof, and then they were about 10m higher than the roof of the building.
“It was pretty crazy. Then windows started exploding, which was really loud.”
FESA spokesman Allen Gale said there was significant structural damage to the building but some of the items in the back of the premises would probably be recoverable.
Mr Gale said the flames reached about 10m high, but fire crews had the blaze contained within 10 minutes and controlled in 35 minutes.
They’ve used some great tactics to get the fire under control, he said.
Firefighting crews from Belmont, Osborne Park, Duncraig, Perth and Wangara are attempting to extinguish the blaze.
Mr Gale said the cause of the fire was yet to be determined, but said it was probably an accident.
The Fire and Emergency Services Authority rated the fire as a “third alarm”, which means there was a serious risk from the amount of electrical appliances in the building.
Updated: Employees were permitted to retrieve their belongings once the fire had been dealt with.
Motorists are advised the fire has resulted in the closure of Wanneroo Road between Canham Way and Cockham Road.
Updated: Road closure is no longer in effect.
Post adapted from this post.