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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a suspicious blaze gutted a storage shed next to a southwest Sydney train station and caused delays for weary commuters.
Flames engulfed the shed next to Punchbowl Station, forcing Sydney Trains to shut the line for about 30 minutes as NSW Fire and Rescue crews tried to put out the blaze.
Photos emerged on social media, showing flames leaping into the air.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said they received an triple-0 call about 8.30pm with firefighters taking about 30 minutes to put the fire out.
“Thankfully nobody was in the maintenance shed and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire from the outside,” the spokesman said.
“The main concern was for the safety of the firefighters as the shed was close to the tracks and we had to ask Sydney Trains to shut the line down so they could enter the rail corridor to put the fire out.
“Fire crews are working with police to establish how the fire started.”
While a Sydney Trains spokesman said it was too early to say what started the fire, police have confirmed they’re treating it as suspicious.
“Initial inquiries have led police to believe the fire was deliberately lit,” police said in a statement.
“Only six trains were affected for about 20 minutes, all services are again running to schedule,”a Sydney Trains spokesman said.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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