Residents have spoken of their shock after a man was left with burns to his hands following a blaze at a house in a Sunderland street.
Five fire crews from across Wearside were called out to the fire at a three-storey property in Toward Road, Hendon, in the early hours of Tuesday.
Whoever started the fire, it could’ve affected us not just who was in that house.Neighbour in Toward Road, Hendon
There, a semi-conscious 31-year-old man was rescued from a second floor bedroom and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and burns to his hands.
Crews from Sunderland Central, Fulwell and North Moor were all called to the terraced house, which has been under renovation.
A spokesman for Tyne and Wear fire service said the second floor bedroom was destroyed by heat and smoke and the flames has spread into the roof void, causing minor fire damage and 100 per cent smoke damage.
The first floor suffered fire and water damage and the ground floor also had some water damage.
The cause of the blaze is now under investigation.
One teenager, who lives just a few doors along from the house with her family, spoke of her shock at the incident.
“We saw the man sitting on a mat with an oxygen mask on,” said the girl.
“His hands had been quite badly burned by the fire.
“Whoever started the fire, it could’ve affected us not just who was in that house.
“The flames were coming through the roof.”
Don McAneny, crew manager at Sunderland Central station, said the man had a very lucky escape.
He said: “There were no smoke alarms in the house.
“When we got there it was apparent there was a severe fire on the second floor.”
Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the property to carry out a search and found the man in the bedroom.
Mr McAneny added: “We were on the scene for two hours putting out the fire because it had spread into the roof void.
“We worked to prevent the fire from spreading into the adjacent properties.”