BRANDON — A 10-year-old boy playing with a lighter in his bedroom started a fire Monday night that destroyed his family's mobile home, fire officials said.
The fire at 4108 Maywood Drive in Bloomingdale began just before 8 p.m., when the boy set fire to a bed pillow that ignited the bed and a wall, according to a fire report.
Two other children were in the home with their mother. The children woke the woman just as a smoke alarm began to chirp, according to Capt. Ray Yeakley of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Fifteen firefighters in five units put out the blaze in about 20 minutes, but the mobile home was ruined, Yeakley said. No one was injured.
Authorities said the child will be referred to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Fire Setter program, designed to educate families and children about fire prevention. The family also was referred to the Red Cross for housing assistance.