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Roof of Sydney apartment block goes up in flames

Thursday October 10, 2013 - 19:48 EDT
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All residents of the building on Cook Road evacuated without any injuries. - Audience submitted

Residents of a Sydney apartment block have been evacuated after a fire on the roof of the building.

Large flames could be seen on top of the five-story block on Cook Road in Centennial Park when the blaze broke out this afternoon.

Fire crews have the fire under control and contained to the rooftop decking area, but there is no word yet on what caused it.

Superintendent Ian Krimmer from Fire and Rescue NSW says no-one was injured in the blaze.

"It's got 57 residential units. The good news is that all those residential units have been evacuated safely," he said.

"There was one person trapped in a stairwell due to smoke. He was helped down by firefighters and brought down to safety without any injury."

The city sweltered today but the temperature peaked at 37.8 degrees Celsius at Sydney Airport, short of the 39C the weather bureau had predicted.

with extreme fire danger warnings issued for Greater Sydney, the Greater Hunter and Illawarra regions.

Total fire bans are in place for 15 districts around the state.


© ABC 2013

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