TAMPA — An 11-year-old boy playing with a lighter accidentally started a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed a North Tampa home, fire officials said.
Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a report of a fire at 3:03 p.m. at 10009 N 28th St. Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house. They contained the fire within 25 minutes, officials said.
At least three people were there when the fire started, but were able to escape uninjured.
A Tampa Fire Marshal's Office investigator questioned the boy, who lived at the house. The boy admitted to playing with a lighter and setting fire to pieces of paper when he dropped the flaming items onto a bed, officials said. The mattress caught fire and the flames quickly spread.
The investigator ruled the fire accidental. The home was a total loss with damages estimated at $50,000, officials said.