Hundreds flee for their lives amid fears a 34-storey building in Sydney’s Olympic Park will COLLAPSE

Hundreds flee for their lives amid fears a 34-storey building in Sydney’s Olympic Park will COLLAPSE

Hundreds of residents fled for their lives after cracking sounds coming from a high rise sparked fears the apartment building could collapse.  About 2

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Hundreds of residents fled for their lives after cracking sounds coming from a high rise sparked fears the apartment building could collapse. 

About 200 people were evacuated from the new 34-storey, 117m Opal Tower apartment building in Sydney Olympic Park.

Concerns were first raised about 2.45pm on Monday when some residents of the 392 apartments decided to leave. 

Hundreds of residents have fled for their lives after cracking sounds coming from the roof of their high rise sparked fears the building will collapse at any moment

Hundreds of residents have fled for their lives after cracking sounds coming from the roof of their high rise sparked fears the building will collapse at any moment

Hundreds of residents have fled for their lives after cracking sounds coming from the roof of their high rise sparked fears the building will collapse at any moment

Police said an emergency services operation is underway after concerns were raised for the structural integrity of the 30-storey Opal Tower (pictured) at Sydney Olympic Park

Police said an emergency services operation is underway after concerns were raised for the structural integrity of the 30-storey Opal Tower (pictured) at Sydney Olympic Park

Police said an emergency services operation is underway after concerns were raised for the structural integrity of the 30-storey Opal Tower (pictured) at Sydney Olympic Park

Occupants of the Brushbox Street building, which was only completed in March, said they heard cracking noises throughout the morning. 

Police and firefighters are assessing the structural integrity of the building and taped off several blocks in a 250m radius around it.

They shut off the water and gas and took it off the power grid, and will use specialist equipment designed to monitor the building for any more movement using lasers. 

People in nearby buildings were also told to leave and those coming home were not allowed back inside. 

A resident stands on her balcony as evacuations began. She was one of about 140 who left the building under police orders

A resident stands on her balcony as evacuations began. She was one of about 140 who left the building under police orders

A resident stands on her balcony as evacuations began. She was one of about 140 who left the building under police orders

Police and fire fighters shut off the water and gas and took it off the power grid, and will use specialist equipment designed to monitor the building for any more movement using lasers 

Police and fire fighters shut off the water and gas and took it off the power grid, and will use specialist equipment designed to monitor the building for any more movement using lasers 

Police and fire fighters shut off the water and gas and took it off the power grid, and will use specialist equipment designed to monitor the building for any more movement using lasers 

Residents mill around outside the building and ask police about when they will be able to go back inside

Residents mill around outside the building and ask police about when they will be able to go back inside

Residents mill around outside the building and ask police about when they will be able to go back inside

Residents were left stranded in the park nearby, not knowing how long it would be until they were able to return to their homes. 

Trains running between Lidcombe and Olympic Park were cancelled as a precaution but buses are replacing them.

Opal Tower is one of several new apartment towers in Olympic Park and cost $165 million to build.

It was developed by Ecove, which also built many other new towers in the suburb along with One30 Hyde Park tower in the Sydney CBD. 

Police and firefighters are assessing the structural integrity of the building and taped off several blocks in a 250m radius around it

Police and firefighters are assessing the structural integrity of the building and taped off several blocks in a 250m radius around it

Police and firefighters are assessing the structural integrity of the building and taped off several blocks in a 250m radius around it

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