A family of six escaped serious injury early Wednesday when a relative who lived next door woke them up to alert them that their house was on fire, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.
Two adults and four children were asleep in the home at 6502 E. 25th Ave. just after midnight when the relative and his wife noticed the fire and began knocking on doors and windows.
The home’s residents exited the home safely, although two family dogs died in the fire.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue units responded about 12:30 a.m. and found the two-story wood-frame home with heavy smoke and flames showing. Firefighters were able to extinguished the fire within 30 minutes, the agency said.
The adult male resident sustained minor injuries and smoke inhalation during his escape, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. He was treated by paramedics and transported to a local hospital in fair condition.
The home was completely destroyed. There was severe fire damage and the second floor collapsed after the residents exited, firefighters said.
There were reports that the home didn’t have the protection of smoke alarms, firefighters said.
A fire investigator was called to the scene.
The American Red Cross was called to assist the family with food, shelter and clothing.
There were no other reports of injuries.