Fire spreads through upper floors of high rise apartment building in Sydney

UPDATE 2:00AM FRIDAY | A FEROCIOUS fire has ripped through the upper floors of a multi-million dollar apartment building under construction in Sydney’s greater west.

The blaze started on the 14th floor of the Paper Mill apartment tower on Shephard Street in Liverpool shortly after 8 o’clock on Thursday night but has quickly spread out-of-control to multiple floors in the hours since.

Scores of fire crews remain at the scene this morning, attempting to contain the inferno.


A Reddit user who passed the scene on a train shortly before midnight said the fire was still “roaring”.

According to 9News, fire fighters struggled to get water to the top of the building in the first crucial minutes.

Early reports suggest the blaze may have been sparked by an electrical fault.

The tower is part of a $600 million redevelopment of the old paper mill site on the Georges River which, once completed in four years time, would offer 1000 luxury waterfront apartments.

The first 300 apartments – most of which have already been sold – were due to be completed this year.

Emergency services have cordoned off the riverside development site while fire crews respond to the major incident.


9.30PM THURSDAY | FIREFIGHTERS are struggling to contain a large fire which has ripped through the upper floor of an apartment building under construction in Sydney’s west.

It’s understood the blaze broke out on the 14th floor of the Shephard Street tower in Liverpool shortly after 8pm.

Photos uploaded to social media show huge bright orange flames leaping from the upper floors of the building.

The fire broke out on the 14th floor of the tower under construction in Liverpool PHOTO: Supplied / Gary Spokes

Flames can be seen leaping from the top of the Liverpool tower PHOTO: Instagram / christopher_208

As many as nine NSW Fire & Rescue crews were on the scene at 9pm, with more on the way.

According to 9News, crews are struggling to get water up to the fire, which continues to rage out of control.

No further information was available at the time of writing.