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Fires in Seminole, St. Petersburg injure two

ST. PETERSBURG — Two Pinellas County residents fell victim to two separate house fires Sunday, each suffering severe burns.

In the first incident, Judy Dunberger, 64, was hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries after her condominium at 9695 86th Ave. in Seminole went up in flames just before 1 a.m.

Dunberger was listed in critical condition Sunday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Firefighters found Dunberger near the front door of her unit at the Timberwoods condos.

Investigators said the fire, which started in the master bedroom, was accidental.

The other fire, which is still under investigation, occurred at 531 38th Ave. N in St. Petersburg around 4:30 p.m.

The 74-year-old man who lived at the house suffered second- and third-degree burns after he fell unconscious while trying to fight the fire himself.

The man, whose name was not released by St. Petersburg Fire Rescue on Sunday night, was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition.

According to Division Chief Joe Bruni, the man was at home with a grandson when they smelled smoke coming from a porch area that had been converted into a room.

"He went back there and tried to fight the fire himself. The grandfather was overcome by smoke," Bruni said.

Bruni said firefighter Lt. Heidi Schiller and firefighter Adam Leprevost were responsible for locating and rescuing the man.

Bruni said the man was in cardiac arrest when brought outside, but was resuscitated on scene. The man was awaiting transport to the burn unit at Tampa General Hospital, according to fire officials.

The state fire marshal is investigating the fire's cause.

Fires in Seminole, St. Petersburg injure two 12/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:18am]
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