Boy, 16, tells of terrifying moment he woke to find his bed on FIRE before he and his parents fled inferno as it ripped through house
- Ty Smith, from Fawdon, Newcastle, woke in a bed of flames in the early hours
- The panicked sixteen-year-old quickly hurled the duvet to one side and fled
- Ty was treated for burns on his right arm and superficial wounds to his face
- He alerted his parents and they also fled. They were treated for smoke inhalation
A brave teenager has relived the moment he woke up with his bed on fire in the early hours of Friday morning.
Ty Smith, from Fawdon, Newcastle, woke in the early hours to find the duvet wrapped around his right arm ablaze.
The panicked sixteen-year-old quickly hurled the duvet to one side and fled the rising inferno in his bedroom.
Within minutes, Ty and parents Tony and Sam Smith escaped the family home as firefighters arrived to contain the flames which scorched the bathroom and bust the windows.
Ty Smith in his room showing the aftermath of the fire that he awoke to find at 4 am on Friday
Shocking pictures show the scale of the devastation with thick soot damage plastering the ceilings and walls and the scorched metal rings of Ty’s mattress barely visible in piles of destroyed items.
Ty’s bed, Playstation, and computer were among the prized assets melted by the raging fire which Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed caused 100% damage to the room.
Smoke damage also stained the upstairs master bedroom and bathroom, and caused minor damage downstairs.
Ty’s bed, Playstation, and computer were among the prized assets melted by the raging fire
The aftermath of the fire in the bathroom. The cause of the devastating blaze is not yet known
Standing in his blackened bedroom just hours after the traumatic ordeal, the college student opened up on the harrowing experience.
Ty said: ‘I woke up with the quilt wrapped around my arm on fire, so I slung it off my arm and wafted it a bit.
‘It just set my room completely ablaze. I ran and got my mam and dad and got us out the house before it burnt to the ground.
‘It’s ruined everything. It’s ruined my PS4, my computer, I’ve got nowhere to stay.
‘It ate my house inside out.’
Firefighters scrambled to the Smiths’ two-storey terraced home shortly after 4am on Friday
Ty was treated for burns on his right arm and superficial wounds to his face at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
His parents also received care at the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters scrambled to the Smiths’ two-storey terraced home shortly after 4am on Friday.
Ty was treated for burns on his right arm and superficial wounds to his face. Burnt out bathroom shown alongside his parent’s bedroom which also sustained damage
The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but the family suspect it was an electrical fire started from a mini fridge in Ty’s room.
Mr Smith was woken by his distressed son, and along with his partner, he tried to contain the fire before it spread.
The-45-year-old, said: ‘It was all a bit of a panic.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but the family suspect it was an electrical fire started from a mini fridge in Ty’s room
Ty Smith, aged 16, woke up in the early hours to his duvet on fire. Broken windows on the home
‘We were getting pans of water and wet three towels to try and get it out but it would not work.
‘We could not find our phones because of the smoke and the electricity had blown.’
The family then tried to flee through the front door, but were forced to crawl back upstairs through the smoke to find the keys.
Neighbours had already dialled for the fire service and gathered on the square outside the house for support.
Tony added: ‘All of our neighbours came out to help. It’s a good bunch of people who seem to help each other out.
‘Firefighters were really quick, and they put us on oxygen. It could have been a lot worse.’
Extended family have opened their doors for the Smiths to stay while a full assessment of the damage to the house is under taken.
Ty’s mother, 41, said: ‘If Ty had not woken up, we would not be here.’
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