The fire happened around 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The couple inside was spared thanks to a smoke detector, and the structure saved thanks to quick response from Tallahassee firefighters.
Broken windows tell the story. The heat inside this two story house had reached a temperature hot enough to force the glass to break. Stains above the front door show the fire had taken over the inside and was working its way out. Firefighters were able to save the outside structure.
"We got a call around 6:46 this morning calling for house fire as we arrived on the scene we saw heavy smoke coming from the front of the structure and several units, they got here shortly after to extinguish the fire," said Chad Teems of the Tallahassee Fire Department.
Inside the home a couple who had just celebrated Valentine's Day both was asleep. They awoke to the sound of a smoke detector with barely enough time to escape the blaze. Firefighters tell us the people inside the home were very lucky. A back door was left open drawing the fire away from their bedroom and the children weren't even home at the time.
Investigators are combing the front family room for clues as to the cause of the blaze, but so far they are not sure why flames took over the house near Bradfordville Road. The only thing they know for sure is that the structure is still standing thanks to the quick action of the Tallahassee Fire Department.
"There's some pretty heavy smoke and fire damage to the structure but we were able to get a quick response and put it out quickly."
Firefighters tell us the owner of the home will have to find shelter with family or friends until the inside is repaired.