Residents have been evacuated from the Waterside Place apartment in Docklands amid reports of a fire in the rubbish chute.

One resident told Channel Nine that there was a lot of smoke coming from the chute, but there was no damage to any of the apartments. 

Fire was definitely accumulating through the building, there was a lot of smoke,” he said. 

Crews were also responding to a blaze at another apartment complex 300 metres away. It was controlled in 30 minutes, with the cause unknown.