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.
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.