Firies are working to contain a blaze that broke out at Sydney‘s Jones Bay Wharf earlier this afternoon.
The fire, which started at about 3.40pm, seems to be coming from underneath a pier next to the wharf at the point of Darling Island.
Thick smoke from the blaze – propelled by today’s strong af winds – has billowed across Sydney Harbour into the Sydney CBD.
Three crews of firies are said to have arrived within six minutes of being notified, including a firefighting boat. They’ve reportedly had to use an axe on wooden planks to get underneath to access the expected source of the fire.
A spokesperson from Fire and Rescue NSW said the fire, described as about the size of a tennis court, was “well alight” when the crews arrived.
Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont, just around the corner from The Star, is home to corporate offices, events venues like Doltone House and restaurants including the Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar.
At this stage the cause of the blaze, and the extent of damage, is unknown.
Large fire on one of the piers in Pyrmont. Heavy smoke, entire office has stopped to ogle. pic.twitter.com/5iJM7IJ4cO
— Alex Sol Watts (@solwat) August 18, 2017
Looks like a boat on fire in Pyrmont pic.twitter.com/fZwocmXHAJ
— Ashleigh Wilson (@ashleighbwilson) August 18, 2017
so a friend just sent footage of some fire at pyrmont to the group chat. is it… a boat? pic.twitter.com/S0oyFaVb9D
— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) August 18, 2017
Firies attempting to put out fire on boardwalk next to Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. pic.twitter.com/zxCl9CZxC6
— Lucy Cormack (@LucyCormack) August 18, 2017
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
— Brodie Melrose (@Brodie_Melrose) August 18, 2017
Image: Twitter / @solwat