Investigators probe major warehouse fire - VIDEO - Chipping Norton

Published: 17 Mar 2023 09:19am

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) investigators are poring over the scene of a major warehouse fire that burned through the night at Chipping Norton, in Sydney's south west.

More then 25 fire trucks and 100 firefighters rushed to the Rickard Road property just before 6pm and found the building well alight.

Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, attempted to enter the building to contain the fire but were forced out by the intense heat and flames.

Two adjoining homes and a local business were evacuated.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to an adjoining car workshop and several cars in the adjoining property.

A service station in the area was also closed.

Two lanes of Newbridge road east bound were also closed.

Firefighters were forced to pump water from larger water mains to feed two aerial ladder trucks that worked for several hours to extinguish the fire with crews also using numerous hose lines.

The intensity of the fire caused the building to collapse, making it more difficult for firefighters to gain access to the deep seated flames in the building.

The property was unoccupied at the time of the fire, which burned through the early hours of this morning.

Forty fire trucks and 130 firefighters were deployed in total as exhausted crews were relieved during the night.

The FRNSW expert fire investigators are now at the site with NSW Police to investigate where the fire started and how.

There are no reports of injuries or anyone unaccounted for at this stage.

Media Note: FRNSW footage of the 'fifth alarm blaze' is available here: [external link]

Updated: 17 Mar 2023 09:22am

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