“The building is collapsing, while the fire started to spread to several nearby residential (buildings).”Firefighters from the Australian state of New South Wales said in a statement.
Emergency services said twenty fire engines and more than 100 firefighters were mobilized to “contain and extinguish the fire” at the building on Rundle Street near Sydney Central Station.
They added that at least one nearby car was destroyed in the fire.
“People are requested to avoid the area while firefighting operations continue.”said the fire department.
Footage circulating on social media shows flames rising into the sky as high as the building itself, as well as thick smoke billowing from it.
A building has partially collapsed onto neighboring properties after a fire broke out in the Surry Hills building at around 4pm today. Seventy-five firefighters tackle the blaze on Randall Street – not far from Central Railway Station. https://t.co/2oHWum3Jdl#7NEWSpic.twitter.com/L7pbCkkjUA