MANATEE -- A 71-year-old man died in a mobile home fire early Friday in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 5:30 a.m., authorities responded to a fire in a trailer in the Pescara Lake Mobile Park, in the 500 block of 57th Avenue West, according to a news release.
Firefighters with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue were able to put out the fire and found the man deceased inside. The victim's 74-year-old roommate was able to escape the fire unharmed, according to the sheriff's office.
The victim's name was not released, pending notification of family who live out of state, according to sheriff's office spokesman Dave Bristow.
The Florida State Fire Marshal also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation Friday.
"It still appears to be accidental," Bristow said.
Neighbors were awoken early Friday morning to the sounds of fire trucks.
"At 5 in the morning it sounded like they were coming in here," neighbor Lloyd Ecker said. "I came out on the lanai and saw the smoke and flames."
He also saw the room
mate who managed to escape the blaze and quickly helped him inside his home until paramedics arrived.
"He said he put his hand on the back bedroom door, but it was too hot," Ecker said. "You would think if it was that hot, it was probably too late."
Ecker, a winter resident who spends five months a year here, didn't know his neighbors from across the street too well. They kept to themselves mostly, he said.
"It's a sad thing in a small community like this," Ecker said. "You just hate to see something like this happen whether you know them or not."
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.