PSL home a 'total loss' after early morning blaze
By Will Greenlee staff writer
January 28, 2004

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Fire gutted a central Port St. Lucie home Tuesday but caused no injuries, a St. Lucie County Fire District spokesman said.

The 3 a.m. blaze at the single-story residence in the 700 block of Southwest Duval Avenue left the home a "total loss," Battalion Chief Carlos Duran said.

A 45-year-old man told police he woke up to the "noise of crackling sounds" and saw the bedroom on fire, a report states.

He left his room and began fighting the blaze as it spread through the house, which is just east of Bayshore Boulevard. The man, whose hair, eyebrows and mustache were burned, said he wasn't smoking in bed.

A gaping hole was visible Tuesday afternoon in the roof of the brown house, which was blocked off by orange tape.

"It was engulfed when we got there," Duran said. "He was able to get out before the fire got out of control."

Police reported an arson investigator was notified, but it's unclear how the fire started.