A fire has caused $10 million damage to a Hobart city building and nearby residents have been warned to stay indoors to avoid smoke.

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) and Tasmanian Police responded to a structure fire at Bathurst Street at about 3.20am (AEDT) on Saturday.

The fire has caused significant damage to the Bridges Brothers building and adjoining businesses, police said.

The cause of the fire is considered suspicious with Hobart detectives and the TFS fire scene examiner investigating.

Bathurst street between Elizabeth and Argyle Street will remain closed until further notice.

Residents are advised to remain indoors with doors and windows shut to avoid smoke.

Bathurst Street between Elizabeth and Argyle streets will remain closed over the next two days as authorities investigate the cause of the fire.

Authorities are also working to reinstate power to surrounding businesses.

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