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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A young man is now out of the hospital after waking up to flames in the bedroom of his Minneapolis duplex. Sabastian Love escaped with his life, but he’s seen better days. As he puts it, it was fight or flight and he chose to get out of there.

After he was released from Hennepin County Medical Center Monday morning, Love returned to what used to be his bedroom. Hours earlier, Minneapolis firefighters knocked down the flames that destroyed two rooms at 2021 Stevens Ave. S.

Love sprung awake to fire in the modified porch where he’d been sleeping.

“The flames were a couple feet high at that point, and I considered putting it out,” Love said.

Instead of fighting the flames himself, he broke a window to escape. He has cuts all over his body and was treated with several stitches Monday at the hospital.

“Nothing too bad,” Love said.

After breaking out of the room, Love found himself on the roof of the first floor, considering jumping. Instead he made it back inside through a second-story window. Once inside, he helped his roommates to safety.

Love escaped with his computer and a guitar, but lost everything else.

“It’s just possessions, people are safe,” Love said. “I’m kind of screwed on medical bills.”

Love said he doesn’t have health insurance.

Fire investigators say the cause may have been a cigarette. Love admits he smokes in the house, but calls the fire a “freak accident.”

In total, five people were displaced by the fire.

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