Man in specialist burns unit after leaping from window to flee Sunderland blaze

Firefighters at the scene of a  fire on Deerness Road, Hendon, Sunderland.
Firefighters at the scene of a fire on Deerness Road, Hendon, Sunderland.
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A MAN who was seriously injured after a blaze in his Sunderland bedsit has been moved to a specialist burns unit.

The injured man, who is believed to be French national Andrea Paglia, leapt from the window of his first-floor bedsit to escape the fire, as reported in the Echo.

He was discovered lying semi-conscious outside the two-storey block in Deerness Road, in Hendon.

He was given first aid treatment by firefighters until paramedics arrived at the scene.

Mr Paglia was initially taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, suffering from burns and severe smoke inhalation, following the incident, which happened on Friday.

But he was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where it is thought he is still being treated.

The bedsit was badly damaged in the fire, which broke out just before 3pm.

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus had to force their way into five other flats in the block, to make sure that no-one else was trapped by toxic smoke which had engulfed the building.

Luckily, they were all empty at the time, but a dog and a cat had to be rescued from two separate flats.

Fire chiefs have confirmed were no smoke alarms in the property where the fire started.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is not thought to be suspicious.