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Officials ID Bradenton man, 71, found dead in fire


Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Authorites have identified a Bradenton man who was found dead Friday morning in his bedroom as his home burned.

The body of 71-year-old Thomas Anzelm was located by firefighters, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue responded about 5:30 a.m. to the Pescara Lake Mobile Home Park, 570 57th Ave W., within four minutes of receiving a call and found the residence with heavy smoke and fire.

Anzelm’s 74-year-old roommate, who escaped the fire, advised firefighters that someone remained inside, and crews immediately began a search while simultaniously attacking the blaze, fire officials said.

The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue said.

Anzelm’s roommate was not injured, the sheriff’s office said. The American Red Cross was requested to assist, officials said.

The cause of the fire appears to be accidental but remains under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

No other injuries were reported.

The single-family residence sustained about $75,000 in damage, the fire department said.

Anzelm’s name was released by the sheriff’s office Monday after his family was notified.

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