Mosman Park apartment fire causes $1 million damage; council’s disaster plan kicks in for evacuees

The Mosman Park unit gutted by fire. Picture: Jon Bassett
The Mosman Park unit gutted by fire. Picture: Jon Bassett

FIRE fighters are still at the scene of an overnight apartment fire in Mosman Park estimated to have caused $1 million in damage.

Police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to the Wellington Street unit at 11.26pm last night to find the eighth floor apartment fully ablaze.

Neighbouring residents were evacuated by police while fire fighters brought the blaze under control.

The combination of smoke, fire and water damage to the unit was estimated to have been worth $1 million.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire.

Mosman Park council’s disaster plan kicked into action and housed about half of the evacuees of the Wellington Street fire.

“Of the 150 evacuees, 68 were put up by the council at the Alf Adams Pavilion,” Mayor Brett Pollock told Community News this morning.

Every council has a plan for bushfire, flood, plane and train crashes, pollution spills and fires.

Mosman Park’s community services staff and rangers provided bedding and breakfast for the evacuees who had to leave their eight-storey complex after a non-suspicious fire started by a sparkler destroyed a top-floor flat about midnight.

“Our team worked well together and started enacting the plan after midnight,” Mr Pollock said.

Those evacuees which did not go to the pavilion were anticipated to have found accommodation with friends or at hotels.

Mr Pollock said about 12 of the evacuees were left at the community-use pavilion when others left for work or relatives’ homes this morning.

The council expected all evacuees to have left this afternoon.