ST. PETERSBURG — A man escaped from his house Thursday morning as fire swept through the building.
The fire tore through the home at 2509 Highland St. S at about 3:30 a.m., said St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue spokesman Lt. Joel Granata.
The man, who was sleeping on his couch, was awakened by the smoke alarm and called 911, Granata said. He was coughing, so officials took him to Bayfront Medical Center.
No one else was inside the house.
The fire caused $15,000 in damage — roughly the value of the house, Granata said.
Fire investigators were at the house Thursday morning.