Fire and Rescue NSW crews extinguish fire in high-rise building - Darlinghurst

Published: 09 Apr 2023 06:58pm

More than 40 Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters have extinguished a major blaze in a unit block at Darlinghurst, in Sydney's inner city.

The fire broke out inside an apartment on the 15th floor of the Oxford Street complex, just after 5pm today.

FRNSW crews, from multiple stations across the city, were initially alerted by an automated fire alarm before multiple witnesses called Triple Zero (000) to report the fire.

Firefighters quickly gained access to the burning unit and contained the fire.

One firefighter remained with two elderly occupants inside a neighbouring unit and, when it was safe to do so, assisted them out of the building.

Those residents have since been assessed and cleared by NSW Ambulance paramedics, while the firefighter who helped them is being taken to hospital for further observation.

Due to the extensive spread of smoke throughout the building's common areas, residents on other floors were instructed to remain inside their units to protect them against potential smoke inhalation.

Fire crews are continuing to ventilate the building.

At this stage, the cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.

Updated: 09 Apr 2023 07:03pm

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