CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Firefighters rescue several animals from a burning home early Monday morning, investigators are looking for the cause.
Charlotte firefighters think it'll cost around 20 thousand dollars to repair a home that caught fire overnight.
For the homeowner, nothing else mattered except for getting her family to safety, which included two dogs and two cats.
Medic crews were seen carrying a large dog from the house. Another dog was walking with one of the residents, while two other cats were cradled in the arms of another.
The woman who lives at the home on St. Johns Drive in north Charlotte didn't want to appear on camera, but said she smelled smoke around 2am, and opened the front door.
That's when she saw her patio was on fire.
She slammed the door shut, and went to wake the man inside, who she said was deaf.
She said she called 911, then retreated to the back porch along with their animals. One of the dogs was described as a service animal, which is used to help out the deaf man.
Firefighters had to pull both people as well as the animals they had to safety. The man was treated for smoke inhalation, but is expected to be okay.
The dogs were placed in the back of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police vehicle until the owners could retrieve them.
The Red Cross was called in to help the residents find another place to stay overnight.
At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown.