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Shed with asbestos roof on fire near Perth

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016

A large fire in a shed with an asbestos roof is burning out of control close to Perth's CBD, forcing nearby workers to be evacuated and major streets to be closed to cars and pedestrians.

Police have set up an evacuation zone around the building and closed streets surrounding the fire in Wellington Street, less than a kilometre to the west of the centre of Perth.

The fire is contained but not under control as 30 firefighters tackle the blaze and a thick plume of black smoke is visible from kilometres away, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services says.

People should remain inside, out of the smoke, with doors and windows closed and air conditioners should be switched off, the DFES says.

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