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Tampa family escapes early morning fire

Published Jul. 4, 2014

TAMPA — A family of four safely escaped a house fire early Friday after a neighbor alerted them, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

The fire erupted about 4:54 a.m. at 207 W 26th Ave. Firefighters saw flames coming from the front of the single-story home when they arrived. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported.

The front of the home was destroyed and a car parked nearby suffered fire damage, Tampa Fire Rescue says. The estimated damage to the structure and furnishings is $35,000.

Fire officials said it was unclear if the home had working smoke detectors. The Fire Marshal's Office said the fire started on the front porch, but do not yet know what triggered it.