A 41-year-old St. Petersburg man was hospitalized and his residence destroyed when fire broke out early Sunday morning.
The unidentified victim suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.
According to a St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue report several units were dispatched to 4056 18th Ave. South just after 5 a.m. When they arrived heavy smoke was emitting from the front of the wood-frame house.
Firefighters quickly found the lone occupant coming out of a side door. Investigators say the blazed started in the kitchen and rapidly made its way into the attic.
The resident told firefighters that he started cooking something and then fell asleep. Two burners were going on the stove the report states and the home did not have a smoke detector.
The man said he became aware of the fire when he started choking. The incident has been ruled accidental.
All residents in St. Petersburg are eligible to receive free smoke alarms. If you are in need please call 727-893-7233.
No other injuries were reported.
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