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The body of a man in his 60s has been found in a unit after a fire broke out at an inner Sydney apartment block on Wednesday morning.
More than 30 firefighters worked to contain the fire on the corner of Abercrombie and Ivy streets at Darlington after receiving calls about 8.05am that a third-storey apartment was on fire.
After the blaze was extinguished, firefighters conducted a search of the building and found the man’s body in the destroyed unit.
NSW Police Detective Superintendent Rod Hart said the man was a resident of the building. He lived with another man, who was out at the time of the fire and is safe. No other injuries were sustained during the fire.
Police are now investigating how the fire began.
“His next of kin has been spoken to by police and unfortunately an autopsy in the next few days will need to be conducted to formally identify that person,” he said.
“Our main objective at the moment now is to ensure that 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.”
Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said specialist engineers would be brought in to assess the damage to the 18-unit block.
“The engineers are on that ladder platform working and doing further assessments on the structural integrity of the building,” Dewberry said.
“We have pretty big concerns about those walls, both at the rear and the front, coming down, so we want to make sure the community is safe.”
Firefighters respond to the Darlington blaze on Wednesday morning.Credit: Dominic Lorrimer
Sixteen people from neighbouring units and businesses were evacuated as firefighters fought the blaze.
Residents in the unit block have been told they will be unable to return to their homes for multiple days as the clean-up continues.
Roads near Redfern station remain closed including Abercrombie Street, Ivy Street, Lawson Street and Gibbons Street.
Bobby’s Cafe is on the ground floor of the fire-damaged building. Manager Ying Tan said it was a shock to be told of the blaze.
The fire now had no risk of spreading to other apartments.Credit: Dominic Lorrimer
“Someone came in and told us there was a fire in the building and so we all rushed out,” she said.
“I didn’t bring anything, I only brought my phone; that’s it.
“Now we’ve got to wait for them to put it out. I think it should be all right because our cafe is on the bottom floor and the fire is on the top floor.”
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