One dead in Sydney boarding house fire



One person has died and a man is fighting for life in hospital after a fire in a boarding house in Sydney’s inner-west.

Police were called to the blaze about 1am on Tuesday at the boarding house on the corner of Probert and Albermarle streets, in Newtown.

Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the fire and police established a crime scene.

A body was found inside the building and is yet to be formally identified.

Eight residents were able to escape the fire, with three people taken to hospital. They included a man in his 80s who was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry said it was not known what started the blaze and there were concerns the building could collapse.

“It is very unstable,” he told Sydney Radio 2GB.

Some of the building’s residents are yet to be found.

“I’m not too sure who was home, who wasn’t home and that will be part of investigations,” he said.

There was concern the building may collapse as a result of the fire.

Police are trying to establish the whereabouts of all the building’s residents.

A number of neighbouring properties were also evacuated with no other reports of injuries.

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