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House is a total loss after an early morning St. Pete fire

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at a home located at 4056 18th Ave. So., at 5:16 a.m. Sunday.  First responding units reported a one story wood frame residential structure with heavy smoke and flames showing from the front.  Firefighters went in for a fast attack and primary search for possible victims.  Firefighters found the occupant coming out the side door. Authorities say the fire started in the kitchen and made its way into the attic.

According to fire investigators, the occupant started cooking and fell asleep forgetting to turn off two burners on the stove.  Authorities say the fire will be classified as accidental and a total loss.  The occupant is 41 years old and was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation and transported to Bayfront Hospital in stable condition.

Fire investigators say the home did not have smoke alarms. The occupant woke up due to the smoke choking him. SMOKE ALARMS ARE FREE in St Petersburg.  Those interested can call 727-893-SAFE for more information.

 

 

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