Circular Quay fire: Trains diverted, roads closed due to blaze

Circular Quay fire: Trains diverted, roads closed due to blaze

Pitt Street is closed southbound between Alfred and Bridge Sts.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but several witnesses reported hearing bangs and explosions, and one witness told Ten Eyewitness News officials evacuating the area said the cause of the fire may have been a gas leak.

Flames leapt up a building that is being demolished at the One Circular Quay site where a residential and hotel development is under construction.

Multiple fire and rescue crews responded to the blaze at a building under construction on Pitt St in Sydney's central business district (CBD).

There is a 200 metre exclusion zone around where the building fire and police have taped off nearby streets.

"There were a number of gas cylinders, that not only exploded during the height of the blaze, but were also affected by the heat and fire crews had to pull those down to prevent any further explosions", Superintendent Ticehurst said.

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A building at Circular Quay has been engulfed in flames after an explosion on the ground floor, according to reports.

The building is covered in black mesh netting which was "well alight" when crews arrived, a Fire & Rescue NSW spokeswoman said.

"There were two workmen trying to put the flames out from the roof with a small hose", she told AAP.

The fire is now under control and trains have resumed services to Circular Quay train station.

Paramedics treated people for potential smoke inhalation but none needed to be taken to hospital, the NSW Ambulance Service said.

Sydneysiders are advised to avoid the area, with access to Bridge Street from Loftus Street cut-off.

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