Man jumps for his life from burning Sydney apartment

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A series of explosions at a unit in Sydney, which forced the resident to jump out of a third-floor window, has left a man fighting for his life in hospital.

Firefighters were called to Trafalgar Parade in the outback of Concord shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, with neighbors reporting hearing loud bangs and windows blowing out.

The crews arrived to discover flames coming from the top floor of the three-story building and a man in the engulfed unit leaping to safety. He suffered severe burns and cuts to his head, chest and arms.

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An off-duty paramedic treated his injuries before paramedics took over and transported him to hospital in critical condition.

Neighbors managed to evacuate before the fire broke out.

Police have declared a crime scene near the property and are working with specialist fire investigators to determine the cause.

The resident is believed to have lit a cigarette near the stove, causing the explosion.

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