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Fire which gutted Sydney home could have started in garage full of vintage cars

Fire which gutted Sydney home could have started in garage full of vintage cars
A fire that destroyed a multimillion-dollar home on Sydney's north shore may have started in the garage, which was full of vintage cars.
The intense blaze overnight reduced the property on Futuna Street, Hunters Hill, to a shell.
The Hunters Hill home was destroyed, with the owners away on holiday. (Nine)
Its owners, who are believed to have lived there for 40 years, are overseas.
Neighbours said they heard an explosion – believed to be a gas bottle detonating – that appeared to come from the home's car port shortly before flames could be seen.
Minutes later, the two-storey home was ablaze.
Four nearby properties were evacuated as neighbours, some with garden hoses, tried to stop the fire spreading.
Flames quickly spread through the home on Sydney's lower north shore last night. (Twitter)
"I looked out and I saw our next door neighbour's palm tree on fire and then there was just this big boom," neighbour Nicole Klein told 9News.
Another neighbour, Judie Johnson, said: "I opened the front door. I could smell burning.
"To my horror I saw this huge golden, massive coloured thing happening. I thought it was the church at first."
Firefighters spent more than an hour bringing the blaze under control, including using water from local swimming pools.
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