A huge fire at Sydney’s General Gordon Hotel has seen the the second level of the building partially collapsing under the intensity of the blaze.
Around 1.00pm, Fire and Rescue NSW responded to reports of smoke coming from the windows of the pub in Sydenham in Sydney’s Inner West.
Further collapse of roof pic.twitter.com/jSqHYoyXvD
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Residents in surrounding buildings were evacuated while firefighters attempted to control the blaze.
It’s believed the fire started on the second level of the Burrows Avenue hotel which has since partially collapsed under the intensity of the flames.
Sydenham: Buses that service routes 418 & 425 are not stopping Sydenham train station due to fire at the General Gordon Hotel. M30 buses are terminating at Enmore Park – Missing seven stops. #7News https://t.co/DWPXa106Wl
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It is not known if anyone was inside the hotel when the fire started, but according to the hotel’s official website, renovations have been taking place in the bistro and other areas of the premises for the past few months.
Sydney transport have advised that no trains will be stopping at Sydenham station due to the close proximity to the blaze.
Trains will not stop at Sydenham due to fire near the track causing hazardous conditions at Sydenham.
— T4 Sydney Trains (@T4SydneyTrains) July 30, 2018
Gleeson Avenue is blocked in both directions and drivers are advised to take alternative routes.
At this stage the cause of the fire is not known.
SYDENHAM: Gleeson Ave is closed btwn Unwins Bridge Rd & Railway Pde due to this buliding fire. Railway Rd is also closed westbound from the Princes Hwy. Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/5JtJW6zGxl
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