'That went up in seconds': Huge blaze rips through Sydney furniture warehouse

Emergency services attended a massive blaze that has swept through a furniture warehouse overnight, in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville.

 

A witness told Yahoo7 the fire near Victoria Road had gone up “in seconds” on Monday night.

Clare McCallum was in an apartment one block from the blaze when it broke out shortly after 9.30pm.

The fire destroyed a large portion of the furniture warehouse in Marrickville. Photo: Clare McCallum

She filmed the fire and can be heard on the video describing in astonishment how the smoke had “already covered most of the skyline”.

“It’s insane,” she said, pointing out that the blaze reached “a good four to five storeys high”.

It took 16 fire crews almost two hours to contain the flames, but the centre of the fire was still burning after midnight.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from NSW Fire and Rescue said a large portion of the warehouse had been “totally destroyed by fire”.

It took 16 firecrews almost two hours to bring the flames under control. Photo: Clare McCallum

“There has been structural collapse within the building but firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to another two businesses in the same building complex,” he said.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Ms McCallum described the rapid response of emergency services and said they seemed to keep coming “for about half an hour” after the blaze started.

“We grew up in the Blue Mountains so we have seen fires, we are familiar with bushfires, but this was just ferocious, it went up so quickly,’ she said.

It is not yet known how the fire started.

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