BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A Buckeye family is lucky to be alive after a first alarm fire ripped through their garage and attic.
Dennis Godbolt and his family were sleeping when a fire sparked.
Firefighters say the flames were heavy from the garage and it extended into the attic.
Godbolt says when his neighbor told him about the fire, he didn't believe him, and he couldn't act fast enough.
"I'm a mover, a shaker, I know what to do and today, I didn't know what to do," Godbolt said.
Fire crews were able to put the fire out before it reached the rest of the home. One firefighter's ear was burned. Everyone else was uninjured.
"Very scary. Like I said, I'm a Vietnam vet. That was worse. It was my wife and granddaughter. Saving them was a little different and I didn't act as well as I should have," Godbolt said.
The Red Cross is assisting the family with shelter as they are unable to return to their home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Dennis Godbolt and his family were really lucky this morning as a neighbor woke them up pounding on their window as their house was on fire. Everybody made it out safely. #FOX10Phoenix Dennis mention that he will create a gofundme account. pic.twitter.com/9j07RCsLQ1— Alfredo Kaspar FOX10 (@AlfredoFox10) January 28, 2018