Flames tore through a home in the Pinehurst Subdivision in Jackson County and now firefighters are trying to figure out what caused the blaze.
It happened Saturday afternoon on Oakhurst Drive. Patrice Clark spoke with one man who says he actually saved some of the homeowners' four legged friends trapped inside.
Yellow tape now surrounds this one-story charred home in Jackson County. Cell phone video obtained by WLOX shows flames shooting out the roof.
It took 16 firefighters from the Gulf Park Estates/St. Andrews Fire Department to put out the blaze.
“I looked over and smoke was pouring out the vent near the garage, and I know the fire started in the back, so it spread quick,” said Chad Bruster, Jackson County resident.
Contractor Chad Bruster was working on a home next door when the fire broke out. Although he didn't know who lived at the burning home, he still sprung in to action.
“I saw the flames, and the garage door was open and went in the garage and the door between the garage and house, I kicked it open. I didn't know if people were in there or not,” said Bruster.
Bruster said while no homeowners were inside, several dogs were trapped.
“You could feel the air feeding the fire. I yelled and screamed to see if anybody was in there or not, and that’s when two of the dogs came out. The door was kind of closed from the air, and I kicked it open again. By then, I couldn't breathe. So, I came out of the garage,” said Bruster.
After catching his breath, Bruster claims he went back in to the garage. This time for the automobile before it was damaged by fire.
“I saw the car in there with the windows down, so I took another breath and went in there to see if the keys were in and they were. So, I got in the car and brought that out of the garage.”
The cause of the blaze is a mystery. Fire Chief Wayne Emile said about 80 percent of the home was destroyed.
A Gulf Park Estates/St. Andrews firefighter also helped rescue another dog that was under the bed while the house was burning.
The fire is still under investigation. The homeowner did not want to speak on camera about the blaze at this time.