Desperate workers flee a suspicious fire at a massage parlor in the heart of a restaurant strip – as they jump out of windows and use telephone flares to make their way down a smoke-filled staircase
- Wednesday at 6:00 pm a fire broke out in a building in the center of Adelaide
- Video of the scene shows people climbing out of windows and running down the stairs
- SA police have confirmed they are treating the fire as suspicious
Terrified workers rushed to escape a building engulfed in flames by jumping out of tall windows and running down the stairs with the flames on their heels.
The fire tore through a massage parlor on the restaurant strip of Rundle Street in the Adelaide CBD around 6pm, with the blaze quickly spreading throughout the three-storey building.
Dramatic footage of the scene shows occupants climbing out of windows or using torches to fight their way through thick smoke as they raced down the stairs to safety.
SA Metropolitan Fire Service confirmed 36 firefighters were present on Wednesday night after the fire broke out in central Adelaide (pictured)
The fire started in a massage parlor and quickly engulfed the building (pictured left) forcing residents to jump out of windows (pictured right)
Witnesses told 9News people trapped in the second-floor building had to smash the glass and jump through the windows onto the bins below to get away.
Fire and ambulance personnel and police officers were on the scene, next to the historic Exeter Hotel.
At least four people have been treated by paramedics after smoke inhalation and minor injuries.
Metropolitan Fire Service said nine fire engines and two command vehicles carrying 36 firefighters responded to the blaze – which was extinguished by 7 p.m.
Police believe the fire was started deliberately.
A crime scene was established and people advised to stay away. Any witnesses are asked to call the police.
The fire was extinguished at 7 p.m. and the police considered the fire suspicious