A YOUNG man was pulled from his burning home in the early hours of this morning and then arrested.
Firefighters were called to Rutland Street, Pallion at 3.23am today when vigilant neighbours spotted smoke coming from the property.
Crews broke into the terraced bungalow where the kitchen was well alight.
Watch manager Alan Patterson of Sunderland Central Fire Station, said the occupant was inebriated and fast asleep in his bed.
He said: “We went into the bedroom and dragged him out of the property.
“He was so lucky another ten to fifteen minutes and we would have been dealing with a fatality.”
The 22-year-old man was treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation, but refused to go to hospital for treatment.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police confirmed the man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis, but the fire, which was also attended by crews from Farringdon fire station, is not being treated as suspicious.
The kitchen hob was destroyed by the fire and the rest of the kitchen destroyed by smoke damage. The majority of the rest of the property was severely damaged by smoke.
Just 20 minutes earlier another young man also had a lucky escape when his kitchen set on fire.
Crews from Fulwell and Sunderland Central were called to Oaklands Crescent, Southwick, just after 3am this morning where the semi-detached house was ablaze.
In this incident the man in his 20s was self rescued and treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, before being taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for minor burns to his hands.
The cooker was badly damaged and the rest of the house house suffered moderate smoke damage.