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Two Escape From Morning House Fire [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Tallahassee Fire Department Email
By: Tallahassee Fire Department Email

UPDATED 4.25.2013
By Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man had to jump out a window to escape his burning home.

It happened at 4024 Tara Drive at about 6:15 this morning.

Neighbors say the flames were pouring from the front of the house and reached so high they scorched the trees overhead.

Neighbors say the man who lives here had to jump out his window and they're not sure how his mother escaped.

"She had the heater pulled up close to her legs because it was kind of cool last night," neighbor Cissy Taylor said. "So I'm not really sure how she got out but she's really lucky to be alive. We're all really thankful for that."

Neighbors identified the fire victims as Cindy Gibson and her son Nick Gibson.

They say the woman is at Shands with second and third degree burns on her hands and feet.

They say the family dog was hurt too.

Investigators say the cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet.

Damages are estimated at 70-thousand dollars.

Neighbors are trying to set up a fund to help the family start over.


Press Release: Tallahassee Fire Department

At 6:18 a.m. this morning, the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 4000 Block of Tara Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire from the front of the single-story wood framed house. The two adult occupants were able to escape the fire prior to the arrival of firefighters. The blaze was extinguished in 15 minutes. One occupant received burn injuries to the feet and was transported to a local hospital. Damages from the fire are estimated at $70,000 and the cause is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office and the Tallahassee Fire Department.

No other injuries were reported at the fire. The fire was reported by a neighbor who noticed the flames early this morning.


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