Granny flat fire vic­tim suf­fers 70pc burns

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

A MAN suf­fered hor­rific burns to most of his body as a fire ripped through a granny flat yes­ter­day.

The 39-year-old vic­tim was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion last night af­ter the blaze at the rear of a home at Gymea, in Syd­ney’s south, about 1.30am.

Seven fire trucks and 35 fire­fight­ers at­tended the fire at St Remo Ave, but the granny flat was al­ready gut­ted be­fore res­cuers ar­rived.

Fire Res­cue Supt Nor­man Buck­ley said the fire was at risk of spread­ing to neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties, but fire­fight­ers “pre­vented it”. The 39-yearold man was treated by burns spe­cial­ists at Royal North Shore Hos­pi­tal at St Leonards.

NSW Am­bu­lance In­spec­tor Greg Price said: “He re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately 70 per cent burns, full and par­tial thick­ness burns.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­mained at the scene yes­ter­day as they at­tempted to de­ter­mine the cause of the blaze.

Mr Buck­ley said the cause of the fire re­mains un­known be­cause “when you have that much dam­age, it’s quite hard to de­ter­mine the cause.

Res­cue of­fi­cers carry the 39-year-old vic­tim to an am­bu­lance. Pic­ture: Steve Tyson

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