Space heater starts house fire in Ft. Pierce

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - An 85-year-old man accidentally burned his home with a space heater Tuesday night.

"I'm blessed that he didn't lose his life, material things are gone but that's OK," said Arthur Watson, the man's son.

Investigators said John Watson placed a space heater too close to his bed. With a burned face and tired eyes, John Watson said he was fixing dinner moments before his home caught fire.

"I was out of the room no longer than four minutes," he said.

Firefighters battled the blaze for 40 minutes. Despire their efforts the fire caused $40,000 worth of damage.

Watson has lived in the house four decades. Among other things, Watson lost his diabetes medicine in the fire.

"I don't know what I'd do without him," said Arthur Watson of his dad.

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