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Smoke alarm saves Tampa man

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

Smoke alarm saves Tampa man 01/10/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 10, 2010 1:52pm]
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