Third boy, 12, comes forward over massive CBD building fire

Third boy, 12, comes forward over massive CBD building fire after police spoke with two 13-year-old boys – as cops make urgent appeal for vision of the scene

  • A third boy speaking to police over massive Sydney fire 

A third teenager has made themselves known to police following the massive blaze that ripped through a Sydney warehouse. 

The third boy, 12, is in addition to two other boys, both 13, who were already speaking to detectives – with all three confirmed to be in the building when the fire broke out.

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad’s Arson Unit have established Strike Force Strontium as they investigate the inferno that razed the abandoned warehouse in Surry Hills on Thursday afternoon.

Detectives said they are particularly keen to access CCTV, dash-cam, and mobile phone footage showing activity on Randle Street between 2.45pm and 4pm on Thursday.

Footage can be uploaded via the Crime Stoppers website and  business owners in the area with CCTV have been asked to speak to Surry Hills Police Station. 

Part of the building collapsed during the fire showering the street below with rubble

NSW Fire and Rescue said parts of the rubble in the building were still smouldering on Saturday

More than 120 firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) used specialist appliances and equipment to contain the blaze before it engulfed other buildings nearby.

Authorities said firefighting operations were still ongoing on Saturday afternoon with the site smouldering and small fires breaking out amongst the rubble.

Part of the building collapsed during the blaze and the structure is unstable. On-site investigations into the cause have been hindered with investigators unable to safely enter.

Unstable walls are being monitored with laser measuring tools and drones, FRNSW said.

‘One external wall has moved 70mm over night reinforcing the commitment to maintain the current exclusions zones for community safety.’

Drone footage taken from above two destroyed buildings, has revealed melted interiors and piles of rubble within the partially collapsed walls of the structure.

Whole floors have caved in to leave a cavity inside the empty shell of a building, while exploded windows and piles of brick were left behind.


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