Flames roared through the roof of a Williamston home early this morning. Rick Henderson and his dog Bear woke up to a thick sheet of smoke.
I woke up and the whole house was full. I couldn't see anything. I was choking. He was choking," said fire victim Rick Henderson.
Henderson said he didn't have time to grab anything before he and Bear jumped out of his second-story bedroom window. They landed on concrete, but did not suffer any injuries. Henderson said he would not have made it out if it wasn't for Bear.
"The dog jumped up on my bed and woke me up. He saved my life," said Henderson.
The Williamston Fire Department says the fire began in the basement and burned through the core of the house. The blaze left more than $80,000 worth of damage.
"There is basically nothing left. It's gone. There's a shell there, but there is nothing inside it," said Henderson.
"It burned right up. That wasthe core of the house and that's where the fire went," said Henderson.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
"We are looking around the heating system or electrical," said Henderson.
Meanwhile, Henderson and Bear are staying at his aunt's home nearby.
"I don't know what to do," said Henderson.
Members of the American Red Cross met with Rick and plan to provide him with basic needs of food, clothing, and shoes.
Fire Authorities say there is a spike in house fires during the winter because people are using extra elements to heat their home and use more electricity for Holiday decorations. Firefighters advise checking your chiminey, furnace, and smoke alarms to be safe.