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Sydney Highrise Evacuation After 'Movement' Detected

Residents from 131 units have been evacuated from an apartment block in Sydney's inner-south after concerns over the "structural integrity" of the Mascot building.

A spokesperson for Fire and Rescue NSW told 10 daily residents inside the Bourke Street building were evacuated "as a precaution" because of concerns over "movement inside the building and stability".

Engineers rushed to the scene to monitor the situation just after 6pm on Friday and will remain there overnight to "determine the integrity and safety of the affected floors", police said.

NSW Police were on scene assisting with the evacuation but said a number of residents had chosen to leave the building of their own accord.

Authorities have insisted that the emergency procedure was "precautionary only."

A police spokesperson told 10 daily that there was no immediate risk of the building collapsing and that residents were being relocated to a temporary shelter established at Mascot Town Hall.

An emergency management framework has also been enacted to determine the "best way forward", NSW Fire and Rescue told 10 daily earlier.

A road exclusion zone remains in place around Bourke Street and its surrounding Coward Street and Church Avenue.

A spokesperson for the transport management centre said there was no impact on the nearby Mascot train station which forms part of the Airport link.

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