Two people have died as fire engulfed a house on Sydney’s lower north shore, with neighbours saying they were shocked by the blaze.
Emergency services were called to the two-storey Kooyong Road property in Riverview just before 7:00am (AEST).
Police said two residents – 75-year-old Michael Dadd and his wife, 70-year-old Amanda Dadd – died in the fire.
Emergency services and Fire and Rescue New South Wales officers tried to put out the flames.
The home was completely destroyed by the blaze and neighbouring residents had to be evacuated.
Neighbour Sean Mulquinney called triple-0 when he saw smoke.
“Came down here, saw what was going on and ran up to the house,” he said.
“By the time I got there it was certainly well and truly alight and at that stage nothing could be done.”
Neighbour Peter Culpin said he had known the couple for 40 years.
He said he woke to find smoke in his house and saw flames leaping from his neighbour’s home.
“I’ve since learned that our very dear friends, 40 years, perished in the fire, tragic,” he said.
“Can’t believe it’s happened.
“The flames were leaping high, smoke was just unbelievable, how quickly it took off.”
Another neighbour, Yvette, said the fire quickly got out of control.
“I was in the kitchen cooking and through our window I could see the fire. It was literally moments when it got out of hand,” she said.
“The next thing I knew I looked out the front and all the neighbours were out being evacuated.
“They tried to contain the fire but I think it broke out again, that’s when they [firefighters] came knocking on our door.
“In a matter of seconds the explosion got out of hand and they were here so quick.
“There was a lot of flames and smoke.”
Forensic experts have entered the home, but the cause of the blaze is still unknown.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.