Granny flat fire victim suffers 70pc burns
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