Gerbil saved in Tampa home fire

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have extinguished a fire that broke out at a Tampa home while a teen was cooking.

Several Tampa Fire Rescue crews responded to the house fire on Friday.

They said a teen was cooking when grease caught fire on the stove, quickly filling the kitchen with smoke. The teen was home alone and said he could not extinguish the fire so he ran to a neighbor's house to call 911.

A gerbil named Sniffles was rescued from the home and is doing well. No other injuries were reported.

The family had to spend the night elsewhere. The extent of the damage is unclear.

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