A fire that ravaged a house in Sydney’s west last week has forced the evacuation of the entire community.
Key points:Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blazeThe blaze forced a house evacuation in a small town in SydneyThe fire damaged a house that was built in the 1920sThe blaze was put out by emergency services at the weekendThe fire broke out in a house on the property, which is just a short drive from the scene of last week’s fire.
Crews were called to the house in the town of Glenbrook at 2:00am on Saturday, after receiving a call from a resident who said the house was on fire.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in the house’s backyard and extinguished the flames in the property’s attic.
Residents said the fire started on Saturday afternoon, and crews were able to put out the fire with the help of fire extinguishers.
The fire had no injuries, but the damage to the home was significant.
“The property is a bit of a gem, it’s an old Victorian style house that’s very well preserved and it was obviously a bit destroyed,” Glenbrook Fire Service Commissioner Shane MacDonnell said.
“We don’t know the extent of the damage that we have done to it, but it’s a bit damaged.”
The cause of last Saturday’s fire is not yet known, but fire officials believe it was caused by a gas leak.
Crews spent Saturday night trying to get the blaze under control, but were able only to contain the blaze to a small area.
“Our crews are really focused on making sure that they don’t have to do any more work at the scene, and making sure they get it under control,” Mr MacDonnell told ABC Local Radio.
“It’s a very, very large fire, so we’re going to have to work on containment at the site.”
A community of about 20 people live on the small property, but are able to stay there for the weekend.
Firefighters said they were looking into whether the damage from the blaze could have been avoided.
“Obviously we’re just looking at whether it could have stopped it happening or not, and we’re trying to assess that,” Mr McDonnell said of the fire.
A full investigation into the cause and extent of damage to a house is expected to take time, with the blaze likely to be put out before the end of the week.”
There is no immediate danger at the house at the present time, so hopefully it will be safe for people to leave.”
A full investigation into the cause and extent of damage to a house is expected to take time, with the blaze likely to be put out before the end of the week.
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