An emergency operation is underway in Rockdale tonight, NSW Police say.
About 9.45pm today, police and emergency services were called to a fire at a church on Frederick Street, Rockdale.
On arrival, they found the premises well-alight; numerous Fire & Rescue NSW crews and other emergency services are on-scene to deal with the blaze.
A number of adjoining premises – including a nursing home – have been affected by the fire and have been evacuated as a precaution.
Several roads in the area have been closed to traffic and diversions are in place.
Frederick Street is closed in both directions with a 100m exclusion zone surrounding the incident.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area or use local diversions.
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It is unknown whether the fire is suspicious at this stage, but crime scene investigators and investigators from Fire & Rescue NSW will examine the scene once it is declared safe.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stopers.