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***Update at 3:00 p.m. on 12/27/2011 Man Accidentally Burned Has Died** Detectives Investigate Pinellas County Man Accidentally Burned While Cooking Outdoors

Release Number:  11-297

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
Arson Unit

Say Vieng (Injured)
DOB: 01/01/1952
Address: Transient
-currently being treated at Tampa General Hospital

What:  Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Arson Unit detectives are investigating an incident in which a Pinellas County man was seriously burned while cooking outdoors.

Where:  3890 50th Avenue North, unincorporated St. Petersburg, FL.

When:  Monday, December 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.


***Update Begins at 3:00 p.m. on 12/27/2011***

Say Vieng who was seriously burned while cooking outdoors on December 12, 2011 has died. According to detectives, Vieng was pronounced deceased at 6:54 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Tampa General Hospital.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct and autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

***Update Ends***

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Arson Unit detectives are investigating an incident in which a Pinellas County man was seriously burned while cooking outdoors.  According to detectives, Say Vieng had permission from the homeowner at 3890 50th Avenue North, to live in a tent on the property.

 At approximately 4:00 p.m. Vieng was sitting in a chair outside the tent attempting to cook a meal using candles when his shirt caught fire.  As a result, Vieng was seriously burned and had to be flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital for treatment.  Detectives say the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

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