Pensioner stable after Sunderland flat fire

Fire in a 13th floor flat at Eglington Tower, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland. Man from flat taken to ambulance
Fire in a 13th floor flat at Eglington Tower, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland. Man from flat taken to ambulance
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A PENSIONER injured when his 13th-floor flat caught fire remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The 70-year-old was carried from his home in Eglinton Tower, Monkwearmouth, on Friday after the blaze caused the flat windows to blow out.

Fire in a 13th floor flat at Eglington Tower, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

Fire in a 13th floor flat at Eglington Tower, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

Residents, including those evacuated from the building, were today still getting over the incident, the cause of which is being investigated.

David Smith, 63, said none of the residents have been informed of how the fire started.

Retired Mr Smith, who has lived in the building for 12 years, said: “You would think that they might give us a warning of what caused it just in case it’s something that could affect the other flats as well.

“It’s the first fire that I’ve ever heard of in the flats and I’ve lived here for a long time.”

Another resident of the tower block said that they also hadn’t been told anything about how the fire had started.

The resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I just hope that the man from the flat is okay. It must have been quite scary for him.”

Housing group Gentoo, which is for the tower block, says it is waiting for the outcome of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s investigation into the blaze.

Ian Porter, managing director of Gentoo Sunderland said: “The incident is currently being investigated.

“As a consequence, we are unable to comment further until the investigation has been completed and the cause identified.

“We will work closely with the relevant agencies to assist in any way we can. Our thoughts are with those affected.”

Five fire engines, including one equipped with a skylift, arrived at the scene within minutes.

Witnesses described hearing a loud bang before seeing smoke blowing out of the windows.

Fire bosses say the cause of 
the incident remains under investigation and anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 101.

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