Bodies located at the scene of Rozelle fire

Emergency services have located two more bodies at the scene of a building fire in Rozelle.

Fire & Rescue NSW personnel discovered one of the bodies, believed to belong to an adult, around 10.30am today (Friday 5 September 2014).

Another body, believed to belong to an infant child, was found shortly after 1pm.

Fire & Rescue NSW personnel have removed the bodies from the rubble.

The development follows the discovery of another body yesterday afternoon.

None of the bodies have been identified; post-mortem examinations will be conducted in the coming days.

Strike Force Baracchi, which will be led by the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit, has been formed to investigate the fire.

The Commander of the Property Crime Squad, Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman, said the case was absolutely tragic.

“Three people have lost their lives in this event, and our thoughts are with their families and friends who are grief-stricken,” Detective Superintendent Chapman said.

“Specialist detectives from the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit are leading this investigation, and are working closely with colleagues from Central Metropolitan Region, Leichhardt Local Area Command and other emergency services agencies to determine how and why this tragic event occurred.

“We are treating the fire as suspicious, however, given the investigation is still in its infancy, I cannot go into detail on our lines of inquiry.”

Detective Superintendent Chapman thanked local residents and business owners for their support.

“I would like to thank the local community here in Rozelle for their patience and understanding. We are working as fast as possible to reopen the closed section of Darling Street.

“However, please bear in mind, that this is still a dangerous site for all of the emergency workers at the scene, and we need to work carefully and methodically to ensure the safety of our people.”

He added that anyone with information that may assist detectives should contact Crime Stoppers.

“I encourage anyone with information that may assist us, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to contact Crime Stoppers,” Detective Superintendent Chapman said.

“Information can be provided anonymously and will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

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