A teenager who suffered 90 per cent burns in a house fire in Shildon, County Durham is fighting for his life.

Doctors told Troy Mackinlay's family to prepare for the worst after the 18-year-old's house was engulfed in flames on Saturday 15th.

Troy, who has been put into an induced coma and given just a five per centchance of survival, was dragged from the blaze by a courageous neighbourand had to be hosed down by fire fighters.

Troy's sister, Abra Wood, says she is praying her younger brother pullsthrough.

We went straight to the hospital and they took us into a room and told us to prepare for the worst. Troy was in surgery for 12 hours and they didn’t know if he would make it through.

Abra Wood, Troy's sister

Emergency services were called to Albert Street, Shildon, County Durham,just after 7am last Saturday.

They arrived to find Troy and his cousin, Tommie Vayro, making their way out of the house moments before the upstairs windows shattered.

The pair had been rescued by a brave neighbour who was alerted to the fireby the ringing smoke alarm on his way out with his dog.

Troy and Tommie, 20, were upstairs when the fire broke out in the backbedroom of the mid-terraced property.

The pair were staying at their grandmother’s house after helping her movein a few days earlier.

Their grandmother, Barbara Robinson, had been asleep downstairs when the fire started and escaped with smoke inhalation.

Tommie was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor burns and Troy was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Troy's sister, Mrs Wood, added:

My nana’s neighbour, Philip Wales, heard the alarm and saw the smoke pouring out of the house.

Troy's sister, Abra Wood

The family are appealing for donations of household items to help Troy andhis grandmother rebuild their home.

So far local businesses have donated vouchers to be raffled and more than£250 has been raised in support of the family.

A storage unit in Ferryhill has also been offered up free of charge for thefamily to store furniture and larger items.

A joint police and fire investigation is now underway to determine thecause of the fire.