Sydney CBD fire: Horror footage shows massive out-of-control blaze rip through building near city's busiest station | The Sun
AN OUT of control blaze is ripping through a building in Sydney after it caught alight – causing the block to come crashing down.
The multi-storey building is burning down next to the city's busiest train station and has already spread to a nearby apartment building.
The blaze erupted this morning on Randle Lane, on the corner of Elizabeth Street in Surry Hills, on the southern edge of Sydney's "central business district", known as the CBD.
Nearly every room is alight in the seven-storey building which is surrounded by several other high rises.
As the blaze rages, parts of the building can be seen collapsing.
There are major road closures in the area around Randall Street.
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More than 20 trucks have been sent to central Sydney to tackle the huge blaze, said Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry.
And a spokesperson said there are now 100 firefighters from multiple stations across the city at the scene of the fire.
"The building is starting to collapse, while the inferno is beginning to spread to several neighbouring buildings, including residential apartments," Fire and Rescue NSW said in a statement.
The entire top floor wall leaned over and crashed in pieces into the street below, fire service video showed, as the building glowed orange with flames.
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In horror footage one car could be seen burning on the street below.
The two buildings on fire are next to a modern apartment building which has now been evacuated as fiery embers fall onto the surrounding balconies.
Residents of the closest apartment buildings in the area have been barred from entering their homes, as police try to control the crowds which have gathered nearby.
In the footage, firefighters could be seen dousing flames on the adjoining building and battling the blaze as emergency services cordoned off the area.
They sprayed the blaze with water, aiming the hoses at the windows lit by flames.
Images posted on social media showed the huge flames shooting towards the sky as they climbed up the entire length of the building.
The blaze is being described as one of the biggest out-of-control fires in living memory.
Fire crews remain on the scene and are attempting to get the blaze under control.
"The public is urged to avoid the area as firefighting operations continue," the fire service said, as the piercing sound of emergency vehicle sirens rang through the city streets.
Australian politician, Tanya Plibersek, said in a statement on Twitter: "Terrible fire in Surry Hills in my electorate. Please stay safe and listen to instructions from emergency services".
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Light rail services near the fire have been suspended until further notice, an update from New South Wales Transport said.
The blaze is believed to have started on the third floor before rapidly spreading and engulfing the entire building.
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