POLICE have established a crime scene in Sydney’s west this morning following a fire in an under-construction luxury apartment block. New photos show the inferno ripping through the 16th floor.
Emergency services were called to the unoccupied building on Shepherd Street, Liverpool, just before 8.30pm. It is not yet known if the fire was deliberately lit.
Channel Seven is reporting that there was no dangerous cladding used in the building and workers were ordered off the site today due to detectives’ investigations throughout the morning.
Last night, more than 70 Fire and Rescue NSW crew members were having trouble getting water to the apartment tower because piping had not yet been installed.
Today, a NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said there were issues with sourcing enough water to fight the high-rise blaze.
He said firefighters lacked the pressure which was required to reach the 16th storey.
Crews initially used ladder trucks to fight the flames before more water was sourced from local hydrants.
The fire was finally brought under control at 11.30pm last night and was completely extinguished shortly after midnight.
Fire investigators will speak with the construction company this morning to examine what may have ignited the fire.
“It is under construction, there is a lot of scaffolding, a lot of formwork, a lot of material,” he said.
“We need to liaise with the construction company and see what they doing at the time. There were high winds as well.”
Overnight, another Fire and Rescue spokesman said crews were working to contain the blaze.
“It is contained to the construction part of the building at this stage between floors 14 and 16,” he said.
“Thankfully no one was inside because the building has not been finished yet.
Fire crews were having trouble getting water to apartment because piping had not yet been installed.
Liverpool resident Hannah Freeman also confirmed that she witnessed crews struggling to find a water source.
“The smoke is actually not so bad, the blaze itself is intense by the looks of it,” she told Nine News last night.
“The flames themselves appear to be quite large. Fire, police and ambulance crews have been heading in that direction for a good hour and a half and it appears that water simply is not able to reach the building.”