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$24M Northwood Mansion Fire: Home overlooking Sydney Harbor destroyed in major blaze

A mystery surrounds the fire that destroyed a $24 million mansion with a tennis court, sandstone basement and stunning harbor views – as cops investigate the cause

  • The $24 million mansion was originally built in 1915 and sold in November 2021
  • Firefighters managed to bring the fire under control within two hours
  • A firefighter with the NSW Fire Service said the flames were more than 20 meters high

A $24 million luxury home with a tennis court and stunning harbor views has gone up in flames in spectacular fashion.

The fire broke out at the mansion on Cliff Road in Northwood on Sydney’s lower north coast just after 11pm on Saturday.

More than 30 calls were made to Triple-0, with 12 trucks and 50 firefighters rushing to the scene, where they faced 20-foot-tall flames.

There were concerns that the fire would spread to neighboring properties, but firefighters managed to get the blaze under control in about two hours.

Firefighters raced to the burning house around 11pm on Saturday night (pictured).

Firefighters raced to the burning house around 11pm on Saturday night (pictured).

Superintendent Tim Hassiotis of the NSW Fire Service said forensics still don’t know what caused the fire.

“At this point the investigation is still ongoing,” he told 9 News.

“We cannot determine the cause or origin until we have investigators involved, but we will do our best.”

support Hassiotis said the situation underscores the importance of smoke detectors.

It took crews about two hours to extinguish the flames. The house was almost completely destroyed

It took crews about two hours to extinguish the flames. The house was almost completely destroyed

Rescue workers said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but investigations are ongoing (burning mansion pictured).

Rescue workers said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but investigations are ongoing (burning mansion pictured).

The owners bought the luxury property in November last year.

Originally built in 1915 from sandstone, the home sits on an acre of land and features an orchard, boathouse and private basement.

It also had panoramic views of the Lane Cove River, Sydney’s CBD and the Anzac Bridge.

The home (pictured before the fire) was built in 1915 and sold for $24 million last year

The home (pictured before the fire) was built in 1915 and sold for $24 million last year

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Emma Colton

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