A $24 million mansion purchased just 10 months ago has been completely destroyed in a devastating fire in Sydney’s north.
The six-bedroom home overlooking the harbour in Northwood, on the Lower North Shore, was overtaken by flames on Saturday night – some reaching as high as 20 metres.
Firefighters told Weekend Sunrise they quickly realised the house couldn’t be saved.
Jim Murphy from Fire and Rescue NSW said strong winds were putting neighbouring homes at risk.
“Firefighters were concerned for neighbouring properties, so the immediately got to work and protected those properties, whilst our two crews did a very quick search to see if anyone may have been inside,” he said.
Thankfully no injuries have been reported.
Firefighters arrived at the Cliff Road address just after 11pm and had the blaze under control after about an hour.
Neighbour Wayne Rigney described the scene as "apocalyptic".
"There was a huge firestorm and it raged for, I'm going to say, 40 - 50 minutes," he told Channel 9's Today.
The house sold in November 2021 for $24,100,000, and features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a three car garage and a tennis court on a 4847m2 block.
The property also includes a boat house on the water, a library and a cellar.
Another house fire claims life of elderly man
The blaze comes after a man in his 70s died following a house fire on the NSW South Coast.
Police said two neighbours dragged the man out of the house in Sussex Inlet and performed CPR until emergency services took over.
Despite their efforts, the man died at the scene.
NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters extinguished the blaze, which caused minor damage to the home.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire, which is not being treated as suspicious.
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