ST. PETERSBURG — Smoke and flames from a home spared a family but killed four pit bull puppies Thursday.
A woman and three of her children were sleeping when a back bedroom caught fire Thursday morning, said Lt. Joel Granata, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue spokesman.
All emerged from the fiery rental home unharmed, save for a cut on the 32-year-old woman's hand, he said.
The home at 905 12th Ave. S was significantly damaged from fire, smoke and water. Granata estimated it would take tens of thousands of dollars to repair the single-story, four-bedroom home.
The fire started about 11:25 a.m. An investigation is under way.
Firefighters were able to save an adult pit bull and four puppies outside of the home. The puppies that perished had been inside the smoke-filled house.
The mother, Yasmin Bullard, has three other young children who were not at home.
Progress Energy disconnected the home's power.
The house did not have smoke alarms, Granata said.
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