A house in Sydney collapsed, trapping three people inside, as the roof collapsed on the house below.ABC News understands the three people are not believed to have died as a result of the building collapsing, but their families have been left with massive financial losses.

It is understood the two occupants of the home, aged 57 and 54, were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where they were declared dead at about 8:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday.

They were treated for minor injuries and released.

Police and fire investigators are investigating.

The ABC understands that one of the occupants, aged 44, has a previous conviction for property damage, and that he was not home at the time of the collapse.

“He is not home.

It’s not possible for him to be home,” police spokesperson Sergeant Mike O’Connor said.”

We have had a number of requests from families to speak to him, to have a view into whether he was at home at that time.”

The other occupant, aged 58, has two previous convictions for assault, domestic violence, criminal damage and failing to provide a dwelling and was not at the scene when the collapse occurred.

Police are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Topics:disasters-and-accidents,hobart-7000,sydney-2000,vic,australiaFirst posted November 03, 2018 06:04:50Contact Melissa O’BrienMore stories from Victoria

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