Trucker fighting for his life after lorry went up in flames as he slept inside
Bryan Burns suffered burns to about 60 per cent of his body and has been given only a 50 per cent chance of survival.
A trucker is fighting for his life after his lorry was engulfed by flames as he slept in the cab.
Bryan Burns suffered burns to about 60 per cent of his body when he woke to find flames
at his feet.
By the time the 40 year old got out of the lorry, he had burns on his legs, right arm and torso.
The dad, from Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, was placed in a medically-induced coma. Doctors originally gave him just a 50 per cent chance of survival.
The cause of the fire is being investigated although a friend said one theory being looked at is that an aerosol in the cab may have started it.
Friends have set up a JustGiving page to raise £3000 for Bryan’s family.
The fire happened on May 18 at an industrial estate in Cowdenbeath.
Bryan went to sleep in a bunk bed in the cab at about 10.40pm. The fire started at about 11pm.
After scrambling out, Bryan raised the alarm by banging on the door of a nearby lorry.
He was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy and transferred to the burns unit at St John’s in Livingston.
Bryan’s friend and colleague Gary Hempseed, from Dunfermline, said: “The burns are all down the lower half of his legs, where we think a canister has went off.
“They’re down his right hand and most of his feet and chest have also been affected.
“The lorries usually have air fresheners that go off every few minutes and cans for cleaning inside, so we think this may have sparked it. The engine was off.
“He will stay unconscious for a few weeks until they can bring him round gradually.”
Gary said doctors warned Bryan’s partner that he might not make it.
He added: “Over the last few days, he’s improving. Before, it was a 50-50 chance he would get through it, but now it’s 60-40.”
The JustGiving page had yesterday raised £1425.
Bryan’s employers, Cowdenbeath-based MGS Logistics, declined to comment.
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