Resident critical after house fire – Hunter region

A man remains in a critical condition after a house fire in the Hunter region overnight.

Emergency services were called to a home on Peewee Close, in the Maitland suburb of Woodberry, about 6.45pm (Wednesday 3 July 2019), after neighbours noticed the home alight.

The resident was evacuated from the home by neighbours.

Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze, which had been contained to the kitchen.

Whilst speaking with firefighters, the resident has suffered a medical episode and CPR was performed until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The 84-year-old man was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Officers from Port-Stephens Hunter Police District were notified, and initial inquiries suggest the fire is not suspicious.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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