UPDATE: 7.30am The fire has been contained, crews will stay in the area putting out any hotspots and securing the area. There will be traffic delays in the area this morning. A baker was evacuated safely earlier this morning. Firies say everyone has been accounted for. Power was off in some parts of Merimbula earlier however we understand it is being restored.
UPDATE: 7am Unfortunately crews haven't been able to stop the spread of the fire into Willis Merimbula Bakery. There's speculation the fire started at the back of Tackle World. Investigators are on the scene. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.
IN BREAKING NEWS this morning fire crews are on the scene of a intense fire which has engulfed a number of shops in the main street of Merimbula.
The fire is believed to have started about 4am this morning.
We will keep you up to date with developments as the morning progresses online and on-air. Thanks to Nick Banhidi for the footage.