TAMPA — Fire gutted a house early Monday in east Tampa, drawing a heavy response from firefighters.
The blaze broke out at approximately 5 a.m. inside the home at 3209 N 48th St., according to Tampa Fire Rescue reports. Arriving firefighters found thick smoke pouring from the back of the house. As crews doused the flames, they ventured into the home to search for anyone trapped inside but found no one, officials said.
It took 30 firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the flames. No one was injured, but the resulting damage left the home a total loss.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation at 7:30 Monday morning.