Man who accidentally fell asleep while smoking rescued

Rescue workers say man sustained minor burns

SAN DIEGO - A man sustained serious burn injuries in Grant Hill early Thursday after he apparently fell asleep or passed out while smoking, setting himself and a nearby tree on fire, authorities said.

The man, possibly a transient, was burned on his face and chest near the corner of Market and 25th streets about 4:40 a.m., according to San Diego police and San Diego fire-rescue spokesman Maurice Luque.

Responding emergency personnel had to wake the man up and took him to a burn center for treatment, Luque said.

The spokesman could not immediately say whether the injuries were life-threatening.

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