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High-rise apartment block in Mascot was evacuated after ‘movement’ was detected

Residents fear ‘another Opal Tower’ after cracks in an inner-city high-rise apartment building force the emergency evacuation of hundreds of people

  • Thousands of residents have been evacuated from a high-rise apartment block 
  • The 130 unit building was evacuated after 6pm due to ‘identifiable movements’
  • The area has been closed off by police with multiple fire trucks parked outside 
  • Residents of the building fear it could be repeat of ‘another Opal Tower’  
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Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from a high-rise apartment block after ‘movement’ was detected. 

The 130 unit building in Mascot, in Sydney’s inner south, was evacuated after 6pm on Friday due to ‘identifiable movements in the basement area’, Fire and Rescue NSW said.

The area has been closed off by police with multiple fire trucks parked outside the building. 

Thousands of residents have been evacuated from a high-rise apartment block after ‘movement’ was detected

The area has been closed off by police with multiple fire trucks parked outside the building

The area has been closed off by police with multiple fire trucks parked outside the building

There are multiple fire trucks outside the building

'The road was closed off by police

 The 11-storey building was evacuated as a precautionary on 6pm Friday 

‘At the moment there is a concern with an 11-storey building,’ NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry told Daily Telegraph.

‘As a precaution we believe there has been some movement detected over a couple of days, which has been monitored by engineers.

‘All we know is there have been some issues and reported movement and there have been some concerns raised. There is no injury or concern of immediate collapse.’

A letter from the building manager revealed that an inspection was being carried out following reports of cracks in the slab beams

A letter from the building manager revealed that an inspection was being carried out following reports of cracks in the slab beams

There are 20 firefighters on scene and were working with police and engineers

There are 20 firefighters on scene and were working with police and engineers

Residents are seen with luggage outside the high-rise apartment in Mascot

Residents are seen with luggage outside the high-rise apartment in Mascot 

A letter from the building manager was obtained by Seven News revealed that an inspection was being carried out following reports of cracks in the slab beams.

‘Following this inspection, the engineer has raised concerns over the safety for residents in the building,’ it read.

Rosalyn Lean owns a unit in the building and was told to pack her bags and evacuate by 9pm. She’s worried it could be a repeat of the Opal Tower.

The newly-built tower in Sydney Olympic Park was evacuated on Christmas Eve last year after cracks were found in the building, sparking fears it could collapse. 

‘(It was) defects in the building, it was the joints and in the last few hours the cracks have got bigger … in the car park,’ she told Daily Telegraph.

‘We just saw police, they’ve put a notice on the lift saying this might happen, but it’s happened very quickly. I’ve got to find a hotel.’ 

More to come. 

Rosalyn Lean owns a unit in the building and was told to pack her bags and evacuate by 9pm. She's worried it could be a repeat of the Opal Tower

Rosalyn Lean owns a unit in the building and was told to pack her bags and evacuate by 9pm. She’s worried it could be a repeat of the Opal Tower

The newly-built tower in Sydney Olympic Park was evacuated on Christmas Eve last year after cracks were found in the building, sparking fears it could collapse

The newly-built tower in Sydney Olympic Park was evacuated on Christmas Eve last year after cracks were found in the building, sparking fears it could collapse

 

 

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