High rise emergency in Sydney as car explodes in apartment building and residents frantically evacuate in their pyjamas and with their pets
- 70 evacuated from high rise building
- Sparked by car on fire in basement
- Police operation remains in place
Dozens of residents and their pets have been evacuated from a high-rise apartment building in inner Sydney after a car exploded into flames in the basement.
The car fire occurred in an underground carpark of the 30 storey building on Ebsworth Street in Zetland in Sydney’s inner-east shortly after 7am on Friday.
Around 22 firefighters attended the scene and entered the basement carpark wearing breathing apparatus.
Around 70 residents self-evacuated from the building, many of them still in their pyjamas and dressing gowns as early morning temperatures dipped below 10C.
A car on fire in a basement carpark sparked the mass evacuation of 70 residents and their pets in Zetland on Friday morning
Fire crews remain at the scene after extinguishing the blaze in an underground carpark
A number of pets were also evacuated.
The blaze has since been extinguished.
‘There are currently no reports of smoke affecting other levels of the building,’ Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We’re now working through the building to ensure there is no toxic smoke.
‘How the fire started will be investigated.’
A number of pets including this cat were also evacuated during the emergency
Many residents were in their pyjamas when they fled the high rise apartment complex
‘They’ll be allowed to re-enter once we confirm the building is safe,’ Supt Dewberry said .
No injuries have been reported but paramedics remain at the scene on stand-by.
A police operation remains in place.
Ebsworth Street remains blocked off with the public urged to avoid the area.
A police operation remains in place with Ebsworth Street in Zetland blocked off