Man using lighter starts apartment fire

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SAN DIEGO -- A man in his 20s suffered serious burns Saturday night when a fire broke out in the bedroom of his Ocean Beach apartment.

The fire started when the resident used a lighter to find some clothing in his dark closet, according to investigators. A T-shirt caught fire and quickly spread.

“Tried to pick the clothing up, take them outside. In the process, burned his right hand and dropped a lot of burning clothing throughout the unit, which caused the fire to spread," said SDFD Battalion Chief Jeff Mitchell.

The man was taken to a hospital.

Neighbors helped douse the flames until firefighters arrived, who were able to contain the blaze to the bedroom. The fire caused about $25,000 in damage.

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