STAFF at a Mayfield nursing home were forced to move several elderly residents on Friday morning after smoke from a car fire billowed into the property.
Four fire crews attended the scene outside the Irwin Hall aged care centre about 5.30am after a car fire at the Section Street property.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokeswoman said more than a dozen people were moved due to the incident.
It is understood the residents were moved to a communal area within the building to evade the smoke.
They have since returned to their rooms, with no-one injured.
UnitingCare Ageging director residential and health care services Saviour Buhagiar praised staff for their efforts to move residents away from rooms near the smoke.
"Thanks to the professionalism of our staff, following established emergency procedures, we were able to safely move residents away from affected areas and ensure their well-being," Mr Buhagiar said in a statement.
UnitingCare Ageing said it would now "co-operate with police and emergency services in their ongoing investigation" into the fire.
The Fire and Rescue NSW spokeswoman said crews were able to extinguish the fire but the car was destroyed, causing heat and smoke damage to a nearby awning and garage.