26/10/10 - Four residential fires, three building fires and 650 students evacuated

Published: 26th October 2010

Today, a house was destroyed by fire at Tahmoor, the front room of a house at Broken Hill was destroyed by fire, a bathroom of a house at St Clair was damaged by a fire which started in a bathroom heater light and a house at Hebersham suffered minor fire damage at the rear. Several shops in Cessnock Plaza, including a Woolworths store were evacuated due to a switchboard fire in a plant room which was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Oxford Street, Darlinghurst was closed to all traffic and a building was evacuated after a fire started in the flue of a restaurant on the ground floor. Fire crews also attended an electrical fire in a building in York Street, Sydney. 650 students and staff at St Josephs Private Girls High School at East Gosford were evacuated as a precaution due to a gas leak in a science block. Firefighters quickly isolated the gas and ventilated several buildings. Students and staff were safely returned to classrooms without injury.