A man has been charged with murder after allegedly setting fire to a boarding house that killed three people.

Emergency services were called to the Newtown home in Sydney’s inner-west in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

After putting the ferocious blaze out, emergency workers and police discovered three deceased men inside the burnt property, while another three people were taken to hospital in a serious condition.

A 45-year-old man attended Surry Hills police station on Tuesday night where he was charged with three counts of murder and one count of destroy or damage property by fire or explosive more than $15,000.

He was refused bail and will appear in Central Local Court on Wednesday where police will allege he doused the house with an accelerant and ignited it about 1 am on Tuesday.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Cotter said investigators will resume searching the house.

“We still haven’t been able to explore all the rooms in the boarding house so fingers crossed that the death toll won’t rise but we still have some fears that people could be unaccounted for yet,” he told ABC Radio Sydney.

“We’re hoping we will be able to get up into that first storey (today) and make sure that we recover what we know is there and then clearly look for any other people who might have perished.”

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