TAMPA — A family of five escaped a fire unharmed at a Wellswood home early Thursday.
At about 4:30 a.m., rescuers arrived at 5205 N Rome Ave. to find a small fire in the back of the house and thick smoke throughout. The blaze was quickly extinguished.
The two adults and three children who live there were awakened by the smell of smoke and escaped before fire crews arrived, rescuers said. There were no working smoke detectors inside.
No one was injured.
An electrical short in a bedroom outlet was blamed. Damage was estimated at about $55,000.