TAMPA — A gerbil named Sniffles was rescued Friday afternoon from a house fire, authorities said.
The fire at 401 E. Janette Ave. was started about 2:30 p.m. by a teenage boy trying to cook chicken and fries, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. Grease caught fire on the stove, and the boy was unable to extinguish the blaze. He was the only one home at the time, and he fled and called 911. Tampa Fire Rescue crews quickly put the fire out and rescued Sniffles, who they returned to the boy's family.
Sniffles was doing well Friday evening, authorities said. The boy and his family (and Sniffles, presumably) will stay with relatives.