Another ‘sus’ blaze in residential tower


The fire damaged cafe in the Euro Terraces complex in West Terrace Bankstown.

Story appeared in: Torch | October 10th, 2017



POLICE are investigating another suspicious fire in the trouble-plagued Euro Terraces complex in Bankstown.
The two, nine-storey residential and retail towers on West Terrace, were the scene of a fatal fire in 2012 and last year another blaze gutted a restaurant in the complex.
The Euro Terraces were also mentioned in a federal Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products earlier this year when concern was raised over a lack of sprinklers in the towers.
Emergency services were called yet again to the building just before 12.30am on Sunday. Over 200 residents were evacuated from the apartments above a blazing cafe. No one was injured and 24 firefighters had the fire under control within 15 minutes.
Bankstown police established a crime scene and are treating the fire as suspicious.
Chinese student Connie Zhang died jumping from a window to escape a fire in her fifth-floor apartment in the complex in September 2012. An inquest last year into the 2012 fire, found the buildings were 10cm below the 25m height requirement to install sprinklers.
Sunday night's blaze follows the destruction of Rashay's Restaurant on the ground floor of the complex in April last year through fire. Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the latest fire, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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