SILVER LAKE (CBSLA.com) — A man was in serious condition Friday after a house fire in Silver Lake.

The fire was reported just before 5:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of Micheltorena Street, officials said.

“It looks like what he had here was a slow smoldering fire that’s been burning throughout the night,” Battalion Chief Jamie Moore said.

The one occupant, a 25-year-old man, was alerted by smoke alarms, exited the unit and contacted 911.

“Once again, this is a huge testimony to the importance of working smoke alarms,” Moore said.

The victim suffered second and third-degree burns to his hands and was transported to a local hospital in serious but stable condition.

It took 47 firefighters approximately 19 minutes to knock down the flames.

The fire was contained to only one unit, although there was a significant amount of smoke.

The cause and damage estimate were not available.

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