TAMPA — Emmanuel Sims went to bed Saturday after turning on four space heaters around his house.
He set one in an empty bedroom a little too close to the bed linens, Tampa Fire Rescue officials said.
Predawn Sunday, his house at 8117 N 19th St. went up in a blaze. A smoke alarm woke him, possibly saving his life, fire officials said in a statement.
Flames consumed about half of the house but firefighters were able to put the fire down in about 15 minutes. No injuries were reported.
Damages could surpass $60,000. Sims, 64, is staying with friends, fire officials said.
Justin George can be reached at (813) 226-3368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.