While there were no casualties, the Fire Service will establish the cause of the incident, pending preliminary investigations.
Acting superintendent, Dennis Hase, said they received a call at 5.21pm yesterday regarding the incident at Macdhui St, market area.
Despite heavy traffic, the fire team managed to make good time with the help of police.
“It was an old building so the fire just raced through it,” said acting supt Hase.
Fortunately, the owners of the rice wholesaler were on the opposite side of the fire.