A large emergency services response was called to a fire that destroyed a garage and vehicles at Elanora Heights.

Just after 11.15am this morning (Thursday, 02 June) multiple NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews were called to a property at Dendrobium Crescent, Elanora Heights.

First on scene and witnessing large amounts of smoke, firefighters from FRNSW Narrabeen Station declared a second alarm fire and requested additional support, calling in FRNSW crews from Mona Vale, Dee Why and Forestville stations.

Dendrobium Crescent, Elanora Heights garage fire

With the incident location falling within the Rural Fire Service response zone, brigades from Ingleside, Terrey Hills and Davidson also responded to the scene, along with a commander from Northern Beaches Headquarters, who assumed overall incident control.

The area at Elanora Heights is semi-rural with large properties, some of which have difficult access. At Dendrobium Crescent, firefighters found the garage of a home well alight. With an extremely long driveway, the nearest fire hydrant was a considerable distance from the seat of the fire.

Fire hose relay

Firefighters established a pump system using multiple vehicles to relay water from the hydrant to firefighters in breathing apparatus, using two hose lines to attack the flames.

The garage, which contained at least two vehicles, was fully engulfed in flames. Fire protection was put in place to prevent any spread of the fire to the separate residence or the surrounding bushland.

Dendrobium Crescent, Elanora Heights garage fire

The occupants of the property were home at the time of the fire and fortunately not injured during the incident. A NSW Ambulance Inspector attended the scene to assess them for possible effects of smoke inhalation or shock. Ausgrid also attended the incident to disconnect power from the home.

Shortly after 11.45am, firefighters had brought the fire under control and were ensuring it had been fully extinguished. The garage and vehicles inside were completely destroyed. It is understood one of the vehicles burned was a classic Volkswagen Kombi van.

Dendrobium Crescent, Elanora Heights garage fire

The discovery of possible asbestos in the remains resulted in contamination protocols being enacted, with hot and warm zones established and only firefighters using breathing apparatus allowed in the building. All firefighters were also then required to carefully decontaminate their gear upon moving away from the building.

An additional RFS crew equipped with breathing apparatus was called in from Beacon Hill to assist with salvage and overhaul operations. Crews were complete at the incident scene shortly after 3.00pm. A small hotspot flared up just before 4.45pm which was quickly extinguished by a crew of five from Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade.

Dendrobium Crescent, Elanora Heights garage fire

The source of the fire remains under investigation with NSW Police and fire investigators attending the scene. Initial inquiries have indicated the likely cause to have been a possible electrical fault with an appliance that was operating in the garage.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

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