A fire has destroyed an expensive car and threatened a luxury home at Manly.

Just after 5.30pm this evening (Saturday, 29 October), emergency services responded to numerous Triple Zero (000) calls and smoke billowing from a residential house in the exclusive Spring Cove Estate community at Spring Cove Avenue, Manly.

Manly garage fire

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Manly Station were on scene within ten minutes, declaring a ‘second alarm’ fire when they saw the smoke and flames issuing from the ground-level garage, calling for additional FRNSW resources, with fire crews from Mosman, Dee Why and Narrabeen Stations attending, along with a FRNSW Duty Commander. According to FRNSW, six fire trucks and five crews with more than 20 firefighters were deployed to attack the blaze.

Manly garage fire

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics also arrived at the scene, with access to the premises made more complicated by a narrow access road down to the property, which is nestled in Spring Cove.

Manly garage fire

With flames from the garage licking at first level windows and items on a balcony, firefighters in breathing apparatus adopted an offensive strategy, attacking the fire in the garage with two hose lines.

Manly garage fire

As they brought the fire under control, the owner of the home arrived, advising them that a child and grandparent were in the house. Firefighters had already entered the three-storey smoke-logged premises and declared an all-clear, sparking a search for the two missing family members.

Police were able to locate the pair safe at a neighbouring residence. They had evacuated from the home when the fire had started and smoke had filled the house.

Manly garage fire

Firefighters from Narrabeen Station, who were in attendance at the fire, were called to a nearby building within the Spring Cove Estate when power failed to a lift, trapping a woman. Already on scene, they were able to quickly release her.

With no injuries as a result of the fire, paramedics remained in attendance for firefighter protection while the final hot spots in the garage were extinguished. The contents of the garage were completely destroyed, including a luxury sports car understood to be an Aston Martin.

Manly garage fire

Firefighters used ventilation fans and gas detectors to clear the home of toxic smoke, making the premises safe for re-entry.

A spokesperson for FRNSW said it was too early to know the cause of the fire, but a number of recent fires have been attributed to battery-powered equipment being left to charge unattended, and subsequently combusting. Firefighters were seen bringing a battery-powered scooter out of the garage for further investigation.

Manly garage fire

A spokesperson for NSW Police said the cause of the fire would be investigated, but at this stage it did not appear suspicious.

Shortly before 8.00pm, emergency service resources were released from the incident scene, with FRNSW crews returning to their respective stations for decontamination of their gear.

At 9.00pm, Fire and Rescue NSW issued the following update and safety messages.

“Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews believe a faulty e-scooter sparked a garage fire, which has destroyed a luxury Aston Martin car.

“Investigations have revealed the fire may have been caused by an e-scooter, which was being stored in the garage.

“It is not uncommon for firefighters to respond to fires which have been caused by lithium-ion battery-powered equipment such as e-bikes and e-scooters.

“FRNSW is urging people to do their research before purchasing, using and storing these items.

“More safety information regarding battery-powered equipment is available on the FRNSW website.

“FRNSW is also reminding people about the importance of ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home.”

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