NORFOLK -- Kevin Williams and his girlfriend were on the porch of his home in Lindenwood, enjoying a breeze Saturday afternoon. The enjoyment quickly came to an end.
"A car pulled up in front of the house, and they said, 'Your house is on fire,'" Williams told 13News Now.
Williams looked up at the home at the corner of Masi Street and Lindenwood Avenue. He saw flames coming out of the second floor sun porch. Williams said he tried putting the flames out.
"The heat got to me. The smoke got to me, so I jumped off the roof," Williams explained.
The fire started just before 4:00 p.m., during the height of storms that moved through the area.
"I heard, like, a BUH-BOOM!" recalled neighbor Charlene Chavez, "and, then, that's when the house went on flames."
Norfolk Fire and Rescue still is investigating the cause of the fire. So far, it's not said whether a lightning strike could have started it.
No one in the house was hurt, and Williams said all the pets made it out all right.
"First animals I saved was my dog Blaze and my momma's bird. I got them out, I went back in there to find Brandy, but I couldn't find Brandy nowhere," Williams said, crediting firefighter with rescuing his mother's puppy, Brandy. "I thank Norfolk Fire Department for what they've done today. They didn't have to save a dog. They were more concerned about the blaze. But when they were concerned about my dog, that's when I thought they cared you know?"