Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gulfport man burned in grease fire dies

GULFPORT — A man who suffered burns over 30 percent of his body from a grease fire earlier this month has died.

Dan Fisher, 52, was burned as he carried a flaming pot of grease outside after a fire broke out on his stove the night of March 8.

He was taken to Tampa General Hospital's burn ward, where he died five days later.

Fisher's family didn't know about the fire until his landlord contacted members a few days after the incident. It was unclear Tuesday why no one contacted the family sooner.

Fisher had been alone in the hospital before his brother, sister, three children and other family members — all of whom are scattered around the country — flew to Tampa to be with him.

"I'm sure the hospital staff was shocked to see all of us there (last) Tuesday night," said Diana Chase, sister of Fisher's ex-wife, who lives in Port Richey. "Poor Dan had been sitting there for three days with no family."

Doctors said that infections from the burns were causing his kidneys to fail. His lungs filled with fluid, lowering his chances of survival, Chase said. Family members decided to take him off of life support. He died shortly after.

Fisher used to sell shoes at John's Pass and was about to open his own shoe store with a partner, Chase said. Originally from Minnesota, he moved to Florida in 2001 with his then-wife, and has worked various jobs in the Tampa Bay area.

Fisher is survived by his children: 21-year-old Michael, 23-year-old Ashley and 24-year-old Rachelle. He was also close with his sister, Marilyn, and brother, Rob, both of Minnesota.

He loved grilling and cooking French fries, which is what Fisher's children think he may have been doing when the fire started.

There was evidence he might have tried to put out the blaze with an extinguisher before running out with the pot, Chase said.

St. Petersburg Fire-Rescue Lt. Joel Granata said the best thing to do with a grease fire is to turn off the heat, cover the pot with a lid and call 911. Water or other liquids could actually make the burning grease splatter or explode, causing a much greater problem than the original fire.

Emily Nipps can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8452.

Gulfport man burned in grease fire dies 03/17/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 10:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series


    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena


    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack


    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath


    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.