Rubbish up to 2m high fuels fire as couple left homeless

Fire brigade. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Fire brigade. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

RUBBISH piles up to two metres high fuelled a fire that forced the evacuation of a south-Sydney street and left an elderly couple in hospital overnight.

Firefighters had major difficulties combating the blaze which gutted a Marrickville home due to the large amount of rubbish the owners had accumulated over the years.

Edinburgh Rd was evacuated amid fears more homes would be destroyed but that fire was contained to one property.

Three fire trucks remained at the scene on Monday to control spot fires.

A 68-year-old woman was being treated for burns to her chest and legs on Monday while her 71-year-old husband was suffering from smoke inhalation.

A crime scene was established and the road was expected to remain closed until Monday afternoon

Topics:  elderly fire homeless rubbish sydney

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