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UPDATE: A furniture store was evacuated this afternoon after a fire spread through an air-conditioning unit.

Firefighters were called to Super A-Mart warehouse store on Scarborough Beach Road in Osborne Park just after 2pm.

Osborne Park Fire and Rescue station officer Ted Tait said the fire caused $10,000 damage to the building.

“The crews up there were confronted with an industrial-sized air-conditioning unit that was on fire,” he said.

“I’ve had crews inside the building on two occasions, double checking and making sure the fire had not spread through the ducting.

“I spoke with management here and they were very switched on and they got their staff and the customers out.”

Two employees, who suffer from asthma, were treated for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

It took six crews about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters climbed on to the building’s roof with a thermal imaging camera to ensure the blaze had been put out.

It is understood there were about 20 employees plus customers in the store at the time.

The building is the former home of Swedish retailing giant IKEA.

Meanwhile, a fire that burnt through 5ha of bushland in Kenwick this afternoon has been contained.

The fire, which started just before 1pm near Bickley Road, is not threatening lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.

Kenwick and Maddington residents have been asked to stay alert and monitor their surroundings.

It is understood tyres caught fire, sending plumes of smoke into the air.

The fire is no longer moving and is under control.

Water-bomber helicopters helped six ground crews battle the blaze.

A police spokesman said the fire was causing “significant traffic delays”.

Brentwood Road has been closed and Bickley Road is closed in both directions between Belmont Road and Victoria Road.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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