Fire breaks out in Redfern house
A fire in a Sydney inner city townhouse quickly spread, causing the evacuation of nearby residents. Christina Ueltzen reports.
A fire broke out in a townhouse on Bourke Street, Redfern, in Sydney’s inner city on Monday morning. Within minutes the street was engulfed in thick, dark smoke coming from the building’s rooftop.
Fire, ambulance and police arrived at the scene promptly.
Residents from adjoining buildings were evacuated, with one shaken resident saying: “My whole ground floor was full of smoke.” He was too distraught for comment.
Neighbours said they heard a loud explosion and believe the residents of the townhouse were not at home at the time.
Smoke could be seen billowing out of the front door of the townhouse for more than 15 minutes after the arrival of emergency services.
A police officer on the scene was asked if anybody had been injured, to which he replied: “Not that we know of.”
Neighbours also said that nobody was injured and ambulance officers were seen attending to nearby residents checking on their physical well-being and ensuring they were coping with the shock of the event.