Fire at Atlas Linen factory upgraded to hazmat incident, residents told to stay inside

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People living within 500 metres of the fire have been advised to stay indoors.  (Supplied: DFES)

A fire at a linen factory in Perth’s east has been upgraded to a hazmat incident, with authorities warning nearby residents to stay indoors. 

Firefighters are battling the fire at the Atlas Linen factory in Belmont, which has caused huge plumes of smoke to fill the sky.

The fire started on Alexander Road, near the intersection of Abernethy Road, at about 6:30am.

Authorities have advised residents within 500 metres to remain inside and keep doors and windows closed and air conditioners switched off. 

Motorists have also been asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully as crews try to contain and control the fire. 

Residents in Belmont and nearby suburbs have posted photos of the fire online, showing huge plumes of smoke billowing from the roof of the building.

Some have commented saying they could “smell something like chemicals” in the air. 

While the cause of the fire is not yet known, the substance burning has been identified as plastic materials. 

Emergency services fear the fire may spread to other businesses near the factory, including a shooting range and a pet shop.

Abernethy Road has been closed from Campbell Street to Alexander Road. 

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