Fire at Sydney's Circular Quay guts luxury development, causes chaos in city

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A fire at a building site in Sydney has covered Circular Quay, a busy transport hub for the city, in thick black smoke, and caused chaos for commuters and drivers.

Hundreds of office workers spilled onto the streets as several blocks were cordoned off and nearby buildings were evacuated.

The scene of the fire is One Circular Quay, a prestigious address and former site of Goldfields House, a tower built in 1966 and one of Sydney’s early high-rise buildings.

Goldfields House was demolished after being sold to a Chinese conglomerate. It is the intended site of a luxury residential complex.

Less than 10 floors of the new development have been completed.

It’s unclear what caused the fire at this point. Witnesses at the scene spoke of possible involvement of an oxyacetelene bottle, although there’s no confirmation from authorities.

The development, perched at the north end of Sydney’s central business district, overlooks crucial public infrastructure works with the site being the end of a new light rail line currently under construction.

It is also neighbour to high profile corporate offices including Deloitte and EY.

These photos were taken from the hotel across the road.

Jeff Gallino/CallMiner
Jeff Gallino/CallMiner

A number of fire trucks and firefighters are on the scene and have the blaze under control.

Train stations in the city circle were closed for a short time, but public transport has around the area, and trains are stopping at Circular Quay.

The Cahill Expressway was closed in both directions. Pitt Street was also closed southbound between Bridge and Alfred streets. George Street was closed between Bridge and Alfred streets.

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