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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:40:53PM

Blaze severely hurts man

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
The inside of a mobile home south of Punta Gorda is charred after an early Saturday morning fire. The home's resident, identified by friends as Charlie Lau, was flown to Tampa General Hospital with severe burns, and was listed in critical condition.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
A mobile home in the Pelican Perch RV Park south of Punta Gorda was gutted by fire Saturday, sending the lone occupant to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The cause of the fire was unknown late Saturday.

By GARY ROBERTS

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SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Charlie Lau was in the mood to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, having just won a $57,000 settlement after being struck by a motorist a year and a half ago while riding his bike ride on U.S. 41, at Midway Boulevard. Carl Anderson, a neighbor and his “best friend,” was with him to watch the ball drop at midnight.

“He said he couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen in 2014. Everything’s good,” Anderson recalled.

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