THE damage bill for a fire at a Portland bakery yesterday is expected to be up to $100,000.
CFA duty officer Steve Giddens said the fire brigade received numerous calls about 2pm concerning black smoke billowing from the Oven Peel Hot Bread Kitchen in Julia Street.
He said firefighters found the bakery to be on fire and full of smoke and it took about half an hour to bring under control.
Mr Giddens said investigations after the fire was extinguished revealed a motor on a large fridge was believed to be the cause.
The fire then spread up to the ceiling and into the roof cavity.
The cost of the damage is expected to be up to $100,000 due to expensive equipment in the bakery.
The bakery, which was in a complex but confined to the one building, suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.
Police officers initially had concerns about residents in the neighbouring two-storey buildings.
Seven CFA units and 25 firefighters attended with smoke extractors used to ventilate the building.
CFA officers had to smash their way into the building while police officers ensured the safety of a large crowd of onlookers which gathered.
Police reported the owners of the business were visibly distressed when they arrived and realised the extent of the damage.