A man has been found dead after a fire broke out in a three-storey unit building in Sydney’s inner city.
The blaze broke out on Abercrombie St, near Ivy St, Darlington, about 8.05am on Wednesday.
About a dozen Fire and Rescue NSW crews responded to the blaze, and managed to contain it about 9.55am.
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“The fire is contained but continues to burn,” Fire and Rescue NSW said in an update.
“Parts of the roof have collapsed, making it difficult to get to the seat of the fire.”
NSW Police Detective Superintendent Rod Hart later confirmed a man had been found dead during a search of a unit on the top floor of the building.
“A male aged in his 60s, who is a resident of the unit block is currently unaccounted for,” Hart said.
“His next of kin has been spoken to by police.
“Unfortunately, an autopsy in the next few days will need to be conducted to formally identify that person.”
Hart said residents were evacuated from the 18-unit block while fire and rescue extinguished the blaze.
No other injuries were sustained by anyone who lives in the block, he added.
Police believe two men lived in the unit that caught fire.
“One male is safe and well, while the other is still unaccounted for,” Hart said.
The unit was “extensively” damaged in the blaze, he added.
“It was quite a large fire, it took a number of hours for fire and rescue to bring it under control,” he said.
A man has been found dead after a fire broke out in a three-storey unit building in Darlington in Sydney’s inner city. Credit: 7NEWS
Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said firefighters arriving at the scene were confronted by a “significant and intense” blaze.
“This unit … has been destroyed, it has been gutted by the fire,” he said.
Dewberry said firefighters attempted to force entry into the unit but were “forced back by the intense flames” and had to evacuate before they could search the unit.
Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to adjoining units.
Residents from the unit block have been relocated with assistance from the Red Cross.
“A crime scene has been declared but until the building is deemed safe by the engineers, that investigation is waiting to happen,” Hart said.
“Our main objective at the moment now is to have the engineers ensure the building is safe enough for Fire and Rescue to retrieve the body of the person located on the top floor and bring him out.”
Images posted to social media showed clouds of smoke billowing from the three-storey building in Darlington.
The public is urged to avoid the area as firefighting operations continue.
Neighbouring units and businesses have been evacuated, and nearby roads have been closed.
Hart said a number of traffic diversions are in effect and expected to stay in place for several hours.