Sunday, May 27, 2018
Public safety

Fire destroys family's Tampa home

TAMPA -- Six people escaped a burning home early Wednesday after relatives noticed the fire and helped them to safety.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived at 6502 E 25th Ave. about 12:30 a.m. after a caller reported people trapped in the two-story wooden home.

Four children and two adults were sleeping inside when the fire started, but a relative who lived next door noticed the blaze, knocked in the home's doors and windows and got the family out before crews arrived.

One man in the home had minor injuries and was treated for smoke inhalation after his escape. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, crews said. Two family dogs died in the fire.

It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the blaze, but the home was completely destroyed. Red Cross volunteers responded to help the displaced family, firefighters said.

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