Michael Gay lived on Fair Oaks Lane in the Woodville community. He says he awoke just before 5 a.m. Saturday morning to a fire in his bedroom.
Gay says he tried to put the flames out with a fire extinguisher, but that didn't work, so he called 9-1-1.
Tallahassee firefighters reached the residence within minutes, but they say the home was fully engulfed by the time they arrived.
Firefighters report that a space heater used to close to a wall caused the fire.