CHANDLER, Ariz. (FOX 10) - Chandler fire was called out to a home near Dobson and Elliott Roads just around 5:30 a.m. on Friday and a spokesperson for the department says by the time crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Firefighters didn't go inside and the homeowner says he's lucky he made it out.
"We went to sleep, the next thing, we wake up to a neighbor banging on the door, telling us the house was on fire," Kenny Williams said.
Williams says he has smoke detectors but didn't hear them go off. Thankfully, a man neither Williams nor Tanya Coughlin have seen before woke them up.
"The guy was just banging, banging, we woke up to this: 'get up, is anybody in there, is anybody in there?'" Williams said.
The couple grabbed their dog and got out, but not before Williams risked his life to save a prized possession.
"I realized my car is in there, I went back in to get the car out of the garage," Coughlin said.
"We always operate under the premise of risk, a lot to save a lot," Battalion Chief Jeff West said.
West says once firefighters knew no one was inside, they made the choice to fight the blaze from the outside.
The roof collapsed, the fire burned in the shop area, an addition built near the garage.
"I didn't realize how severe it was," Williams said.