Building fire extinguished at Sydney's Circular Quay

Published: 13 February 2018 Image credit: Daniel Boesen Nolan


Firefighters have extinguished a massive fire at Sydney's Circular Quay, after scaffolding on a 10-storey building went up in flames this morning.

The fire started at about 8.40am, when mesh surrounding scaffolding on the building, which is under construction, caught alight, causing materials to collapse onto the street below. 

At about 11.45am, NSW Fire and Rescue said the blaze had been extinguished but an exclusion zone was still in place. 

"SYDNEY CBD #FRNSW has extinguished the blaze at Pitt St. Some crews remain on the scene mopping up.  An exclusion zone is still in place. Avoid the area if possible," it tweeted. 

Earlier, at about 10am, it said the blaze had been "contained", but that operations were ongoing.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but several witnesses reported hearing bangs and explosions, and one witness told Ten Eyewitness News officials evacuating the area said the cause of the fire may have been a gas leak. 

As flames quickly spread, workers inside the building were evacuated, and witnesses reported several nearby buildings were also evacuated. 

Videos of the blaze soon flooded social media, showing firefighters battling a column of flame shooting up the building. 

Thirteen workers have been assessed by medical crews for smoke inhalation, but no injuries have been reported. 

Several workers told Ten Eyewitness news they were "shaken up," but are thankful no one was hurt. 

Traffic was disrupted in the surrounding area, with Pitt Street closed southbound between Alfred Street and Bridge Street, and the Cahill Expressway temporarily closed.  It has now reopened.  

Train services were also disrupted, but have now returned to normal, and ferry services continue to operate normally.  

At about 10am, NSW Fire and Rescue said the blaze had been
At about 10am, NSW Fire and Rescue said the blaze had been