TAMPA — Paramedics took a woman to the hospital Friday afternoon after firefighters pulled her from a burning Cherry Street rooming house.
Ella Rose Rowland, 60, was found unconscious on the first floor of 2328 W Cherry St. shortly after 4 p.m., according to Tampa Fire Rescue. She suffered burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to Tampa General Hospital. Rowland was listed in serious condition Friday evening.
Fire marshals have deemed the fire that started on the second floor of the two-story wood frame home suspicious.
Six of the nine boarders were home at the time of fire and all but Rowland exited safely, fire rescue said.
Carolyn Goodman, 55, was upstairs when she heard the smoke alarm and told investigators she tried to put out the fire but couldn't.
The American Red Cross assisted the residents with finding temporary shelter.