Authorities fear a building on Sydney’s northern beaches could collapse onto a footpath after it was structurally damaged during a nearby property demolition.
Police and fire crews are at the site of a building on Sydney Rd in Balgowlah, causing heavy traffic as emergency services try to determine whether the area is safe.
It’s understood a demolition crew was using an excavator to remove steel girders at the former Porter’s liquor store on the corner of Sydney Rd and Woodland St in Balgowlah about 4.45pm.
However, The Manly Daily reports that a steel girder became stuck on the bottom corner of the neighbouring Booty Parlour gymnasium and a Thai massage parlour above it causing a whole wall to collapse.
A spokesman for NSW Police told news.com.au that officers are stopping motorists from going into the nearby Stockland Balgowlah Shopping Centre, however people are being allowed to leave.
He confirmed emergency services were checking a building after a nearby demolition.
“Police remain on scene at that site, they are directing traffic and making sure everything is safe for the community,” he said. “We want to make sure the building is structurally in tact.”
Traffic is building in the area.
No injuries are reported.
Buses Info said in a Facebook post that in Balgowlah, routes 132 143 144 145 151 178 180 188 E50 E70 & E75 are diverting away from Sydney Rd between Woodland St and Condamine St due to part of a building collapsing.
Two stops are being missed and there are delays up to 25 minutes.
Live Traffic Sydney tweeted: “Traffic is heavy on Sydney Rd due to a police operation on Sydney Rd near Woodland St. Sydney Rd is closed eastbound. Use Woodland St, Griffiths St and Condamine St instead and allow extra travel time.”
Sydney Rd is expected to be closed overnight.
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