100 people evacuated following unit fire - Ultimo
Published: 08 Jul 2022 01:02pm
More than 100 people were evacuated following a unit fire in a multi-storey residential building in Ultimo early this morning.
A fire broke out in a sixth-floor unit in Quay Street around 3.15 am.
A sprinkler system activated and extinguished the fire. Fire and Rescue NSW crews inspected the property to ensure there was no fire spread.
The building suffered extensive water damage.
Three people were assessed on-scene by NSW Ambulance but were not transported to hospital.
The cause of the fire was an electric bike battery.
Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said it's important to only use batteries and chargers that are known to be from a reputable manufacturer and purchased in Australia. The risk of buying cheap overseas products is not worth the savings.
Never open or modify a battery and always check you are using the correct charger or power supply for the device you are using.
Also keep your electrical devices well organised while charging, ideally keep them away from flammable items such as furniture and don’t leave devices on charge for longer than is necessary.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm
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