One dead after house fire in Bradenton

ejohnson@bradenton.comFebruary 26, 2013 

MANATEE -- A 62-year-old man died in a house fire Tuesday morning in Bradenton, according to Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue.

About 6 a.m., four fire engines, one battalion chief and an ambulance responded to a residence in the 6200 block of 26th Street West in Bayshore Gardens. The responders arrived four minutes after a 911 call and contained the fire to a bedroom at the home.

"One resident came home and noticed smoke," said Eric Center, Cedar Hammock deputy fire marshal. "She went and got a neighbor who went in and pulled one of the residents out."

Crews found Gale Dollinger outside the home and in cardiac arrest. EMS attempted to revive the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Center said Dollinger had few burns, and that it is possible smoke inhalation caused the man to go into cardiac arrest. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, but appeared accidental, according to the Manatee County Sher

iff's Office.

"It was a small, smoldering bedroom fire," Center said. "There is not a lot of fire damage. It did not seem suspicious."

Outside the home, officials from the State Fire Marshal's Office took photos and collected pieces of a mattress that was mostly demolished by the flames.

Center said a K-9 was walked through the residence and "did not alert to any accelerants."

Local fire officials, the State Fire Marshal and the sheriff's office were on scene until about 10:45 a.m.

Center said four people lived in the rental property. The woman who arrived on scene after the fire started is staying with family. Officials were still trying to contact the two other residents, Center said.

Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @EJohnsonBHcrime.

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