Updated article here: Brookvale fire suspicious; still burning
10pm Monday 10 July: A massive fire at factory units at 106 Old Pittwater Road in Brookvale has been contained by more than 50 firefighters, but work to extinguish the blaze is expected to take all night.
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Superintendent Adam Dewberry told Manly Observer that thick, black smoke emanating from the blaze could last all night and residents should stay indoors and ensure their windows and doors are shut.
Sixteen fire engines, including three aerial and ladder appliances, and more than 50 firefighters are battling the ‘fourth alarm’ blaze in a row of brick and iron factory units in Old Pittwater Road. While all affected business are not yet known, we could observe unit 4, a tyre and mechanical workshop (possibly Harts Automotive Services) fully engulfed in flames, as well as neighbouring Smooth Moves storage.
We have not yet been able to confirm if Big Air Indoor Bike Park has been affected.
Several cars have been damaged by the fire and falling debris.
Fire crews, wearing breathing apparatus, established a defensive perimeter and saved a number of other vehicles as they attempt to contain the fire, which broke out around 6.45pm.
There have been no reports of injuries.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.