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A Sydenham Pub Fire Has Disrupted This Afternoon's Rail And Bus Services

A huge blaze at the General Gordon Hotel shut down Sydenham station and has diverted bus routes
By Libby Curran
July 30, 2018
By Libby Curran
July 30, 2018

Fire has caused chaos in Sydney's inner west this afternoon, as more than 60 firefighters battled a huge blaze at the General Gordon Hotel. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that fire crews arrived to find the building's second storey alight just after 1.15pm and were still working to contain it at 2.30pm.

A boarding house next door to the pub has been evacuated and there are warnings for cars and pedestrians to steer clear of the area, as smoke continues to spread.

What's more, because of the pub's location just across the road from the Sydenham train station, safety concerns meant a bunch of rail services were also disrupted. Trains have only recently resumed stopping at Sydenham.

Meanwhile, those catching buses could face more delays into the afternoon — at time of publication, route 418, 425 and M30 services were all still being diverted away from the fire and avoiding some nearby stops.

The General Gordon Hotel was recently sold to new owners and is in the middle of an extensive renovation. With its roof now totally collapsed, it seems likely that opening date could now be a little further off than first expected. Fire and Rescue NSW Inner West Duty Commander Gary Meagher told the ABC, "They won't be drinking there for a while".

via SMH

Images: Fire and Rescue NSW 

Published on July 30, 2018 by Libby Curran

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