Fire and Rescue NSW responds to blaze and major gas leak in row of shops - VIDEO - Newport

Published: 27 Dec 2022 02:23pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is at the scene of a fire and major gas leak in a shopping complex in Newport, on Sydney's northern beaches.

More than 30 FRNSW firefighters and eight fire trucks were called in to attack the blaze on Barrenjoey Road just after midday.

Flames were discovered inside the roof cavity above the six adjoining shops.

Two people inside at the time of the incident were evacuated.

Wearing breathing apparatus and using thermal imaging cameras, FRNSW crews entered the building to locate and douse the fire.

They were forced to withdraw a short time later due to a partial roof collapse and the discovery of a ruptured gas main.

Around 30 residents from two nearby unit blocks were evacuated due to safety concerns.

Gas and electricity supplies have since been cut off.

The public is urged to avoid the area while firefighting operations continue.

Specialist fire investigators from FRNSW's Fire Investigation and Research Unit (FIRU) will look into the cause of the fire.

EDITORS NOTE: Video footage of FRNSW crews responding, including aerial (drone) imagery, is available via this web link: [external link]

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:13pm

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