EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - An Evansville house fire claimed the life of a family dog Monday morning.
Crews were called to the 500 block of North 4th Avenue shortly before 5:30 a.m.
When they arrived, they saw smoke billowing out of the front bedroom window and two people sitting on top of the porch roof.
One of those people called 911 for help.
Evansville Firefighters say five people made it out of house along with two cats. We are told one dog died in the fire.
The family tells us the dog saved their lives by waking them up. Her name was Roxy and she was one-year-old.
Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and cuts from knocking out the window.
“The only way out for me and my fiance was my front bedroom window which I busted out with my bare hands, and we got out,” says homeowner James Hardin.
The couple was treated at St. Vincent and released three hours later. They came home to sort through what is left.
Their clothes are gone. Only a few items on the first floor are salvageable.
Hardin tells us they did have smoke detectors with fresh batteries but did not hear an alarm.
James Hardin: “My dog woke us up barking, and I didn’t see the smoke, but as soon as I opened my bedroom door the smoke just took me to my knees.”
Hardin is adamant that they all owe their lives to their sweet Roxy.
“She’s the hero of this family right here. We’re all alive because of her right now, and I’ll keep her in my heart for the rest of my life,” says Hardin.
The American Red Cross is helping the family.
There is still no word on the cause.
The fire department was called back there just a few hours later. That run turned out to be a precaution