Fire and Rescue Evacuate Residents After Backyard Swallowed by a Giant Gas Exploding Sinkhole

A GIANT sink hole that formed in the backyard of a family home has been described as “an explosion” in Sydney’s south.

Emergency services have measured the hole as being 15 metres by 15 metres by three metres which encompasses the entire backyard of a townhouse on Lambeth Pl, Illawong.

The backyard collapses in Lambeth Place, Illawong. Picture: Phoebe Iacono Source: Supplied.

The father of a six-month-old baby boy was sitting on his couch when the sink hole dropped knocking over a five metre tree and a washing line about 4pm yesterday.

Hisham Bachir, is a friend of the homeowner, and said he was called straight after the sink hole emerged.

“Once he heard the crack (he) looked outside and the tree had collapsed and the ground started to sink,” he said.

The ground seemed to ‘explode’ from the pressure leaving debris over a window. Source: News Corp Australia.

“It was pretty quick and pretty sudden. It was dirt that was spraying up in his backyard all up over his trampoline.

“The ground started to erode and disappear.

“The ground did actually explode from the pressure and there was dirt all over the window.”

The sinkhole claimed a tree and a clothes line when it opened up. Source: News Corp Australia

Mr Bachir said his friend was lucky that none of the family were in the yard when it happened because there has been a history of drainage issues at the townhouse.

“He was the only person at the home at the time, he has a baby boy and obviously a wife,” he said. “It’s pretty scary, but these things happen.

“A few weeks ago when we had those rains through Sydney … there was a lot of flooding of rains coming through the walls of the carpark.

“So obviously that was a bit of a telltale sign that there is probably an issue but apparently they had some structural engineers that came out and they did their investigation and they didn’t find anything.

“Where the explosion happened was around that drain. There is dirt that has been dug up around that drain. It’s got to be something to do with the water and the drainage there.”


Fire police and SES attended the scene. Source: News Corp Australia.

NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Wayne Phillips said they evacuated 13 people and would use cameras that can go underground to investigate what caused the incident.

“We have evacuated the unit block where the premises are and evacuated the premises on either side of the unit block as a precaution,” he said.

“We have some specialised cameras and laser equipment, we are going to use that equipment when they arrive to determine the extend of the sink hole and the amount of damage that could be under the unit block.

“We are actually unsure what has caused it.

“The sink hole appears to be quite dry.”

Friend of the resident Hisham Bachir (left) at the property. Source: News Corp Australia

He said the residents would not be allowed back into their homes until more investigations had been done.

“Our preference is for them to not return to their homes tonight, we’ll be liaising with police with where those people are going to stay tonight,” Supt Phillips said.

Adrienna Anderson lives two houses over from the house where the sink hole was and said it was a troubling thing to happen.

“It’s a bit of a worry, we’ve never had anything like this at all.she said. “


The state of the sinkhole as night fell. Source: Supplied.

“I think they had problems with drainage.

“The family next door have four little girls so it’s quite a worry for them.

“(Police) came around and said if we see any cracks (in the backyard) to let them know.”

Source: Australia News

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