Grandad ‘turned into human fireball’ after oven exploded triggering huge inferno

A family survived a terrifying ordeal that left one member looking like a “human fireball” after an oven exploded.

Grandfather Robert Pearson was saved by quick-thinking mum-of-two Leah Beck after the fire started in her Newcastle home on Saturday evening.

The 23-year-old managed to get her own children out of the house, thanks to help from her 15-year-old brother Causey Smith – but Mr Pearson suffered serious burns to his arms after the horrifying incident.

But their pet kitten, Lola, was not so lucky, and died in the fire, Chronicle Live reports.

And it also left the family without a home, as it was destroyed by the fire caused by the oven.

Leah recalled: “I turned the oven on then all of a sudden there was an explosion that blew Robert half way across the kitchen.

“I had to put him out – the fire had started right next to my water supply so I was just having to pat him.

“I was just panicking, I didn't know what to do so I just did what I could, because I know how bad burns can be.

“If my brother hadn't been there it could have been a lot worse.

All of the family were able to escape before firefighters arrived.

“Me and Robert tried to go back into the house for the kitten but the house was full of thick black smoke and we couldn't breath or see.

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“What I saw was terrifying, it was horrible and I just knew I had to do whatever I could to get him (Robert) off fire and get everyone else out the house.

“Everything I owned is gone . . . it could have been so much worse."

A fire crew did try to save the kitten, but to no avail.

Robert is currently being treated for his burns at a local hospital, while the rest of the family are staying with friends.

No reason as to what caused the oven to explode has yet been given, and investigations are still ongoing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the family, with £1,165 being raised so far.

The Daily Star has reached out to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for comment.

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