GUTHRIE, Okla. – A family is thankful to be alive following a fire that destroyed a vacant home next door.
"Sounded like they were out here having a gun fight because everything was out here exploded,” Jerome Dugar said.
Turns out, the vacant house next to Dugar’s home was burning to the ground, along with his fiance’s car.
"When I came out I heard a bunch of noise, heard a bunch of police cars. So, I opened this door and the fire was so hot in the truck it pushed me back in the house. I had to slam the door,” Dugar said.
On the other side of the house, Dugar’s fiancé, Monic Adams, was woken up by a police officer at her window.
"I was crying and carrying on and I'm just you know I'm still trying to hold it together,” Adams said.
"We were just worried about getting my mother out of the house because she's on oxygen, she can't move fast and I just got out of the hospital myself and it was just terrible," Dugar said.
Thanks to the officer’s help, all three got out safely.
"He helped us get my mother's oxygen tank and everything. They saw my signs I have posted on the door that we have oxygen in the house and they were making sure we got out because they knew we had oxygen in the house,” Adams said.
The two say the owners of the neighboring home were working on getting the electricity turned out.
They say a downed power line in front of the house could have been the cause of the fire.
"It could have been a lot worse. Everybody is safe though. That's the best thing you know we lost the car but we can get that replaced,” Dugar said.
"I'm very thankful because the car it can be replaced but I can't replace nobody's life,” Adams said.
Now word yet on what the official cause of the fire is.