HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - A Perry County family lost everything on Aug. 28 when their home was destroyed by fire, but they said they feel lucky that their "best friend" was able to get out thanks to firefighters.
The family said they are trying to focus on the positive. They were afraid their "extended family" was inside during the fire but we were there as firefighters brought out two of their four legged friends to safety.
“I just thank god that he let us make it through it, that we wasn't there when it caught fire,” said Rosetta Daniels.
Daniels’ family, who lived on Krypton Lick Branch Road for more than a decade, watched their home turn to ashes in just minutes.
Krypton, Avawam, and Grapevine/Chavies Volunteer Fire Departments worked to contain the blaze that officials with the Krypton Volunteer Fire Department said was believed to have started in a back bedroom.
The family of six was not home at the time, something Daniels said they were thankful.
“I am glad none of us was in there, ‘cause I don't know what could have happened to us if we was in there,” Daniels said.
She said she and the rest of her family were still concerned about the two cats and a dog that had not been accounted for.
Just as the family was mentioning they had hoped the animals were able to escape through an opened kitchen window, firefighters accompanied their 7-month-old Coon Hound “Homer” up the hill with his tail wagging.
As the family celebrated the rescue of Homer, other firefighters found their kitten, Gracie, and brought her to safety as well.
Daniels said they were happy to focus on one of the positives that came out of the situation.
“I am glad that the animals made it out alive cause they are like our family,” Daniels said.
“One cat is still missing I am hoping I find her, I hope she is okay.”
Fire officials said they do not know what caused the fire but do not believe it's suspicious right now. Family members said they are still searching for Lilly, their second cat.