"When I got home, I came in and the bed was on fire and I said "Oh my God, I got a fire!'" says Nancy Jane Green. Green says she had just come home from church when she discovered the flames tearing through the bedroom. She says she tried desperately to out the fire out.
The fire broke out just before noon Tuesday at a home on East Seventh Street in Lexington.
"I started pulling everything off the bed. I couldn't get the other sheets off so I grabbed some water and threw it on but it just started going up bad and the smoke got so bad I couldn't do no more," says Green.
As the fire burned out of control and smoke began to fill the house, she says her thoughts turned to one thing.
"One's a reindeer chihuahua, the other one's a shih tzu/wiener dog. I couldn't get them out. I hollered for them. Some guy busted a window out and kept hollering for them but they wouldn't come. I don't think my dogs are alive," says Green.
Thankfully, Bella the chihuahua was found alive, but the other dog was killed. This evening, several friends and neighbors are helping Jane clean up the mess. She says she's lived in this house for 31 years and doesn't plan on going anywhere.
"The future is to build back with everybody's help. Build back, stay here and continue going to church, serving the Lord and everything," says Green.
Investigators say the fire was caused by a cigarette that was not property disposed.