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Rookwood crematorium fire

Published: 30th July 2008

During the morning firefighters from Lidcombe, Concord, Bankstown, Silverwater, Eastwood, Parramatta, Burwood, Lakemba, Chester Hill as well as the Duty Commander from Ashfield responded to a fire in the roof of the Rookwood crematorium. Crews arrived within ten minutes to find a very fierce fire in the roof of the building. There were mourners in the building at this stage and approximately eighty mourners were safely evacuated by staff and firefighters. Under extremely hazardous conditions crews were quick to contain the fire to the roof area. The fire was contained and extinguished within an hour.