MESA, AZ - Two children and their grandparents made it out of their burning home safely early Wednesday morning, thanks to their future step-dad.
"I came around the corner and saw all the flames," said Clarence Davis.
Davis told ABC15 that he knew his future mother and father-in-law as well as his future stepchildren were sleeping in the house, so he ran inside to wake them up.
"There was smoke in my eyes," he said. "I couldn't breathe."
Davis had just returned from visiting his fiancée at work around 2:45 a.m.
He was able to help his fiancée's parents and two children, ages 7 and 3, out of the home. The older couple grabbed two of the smaller dogs. Firefighters found a Mastiff hiding under the bed and pulled him out. They also found a St. Bernard in the backyard scared and wet, but otherwise okay.
There were several cats in the house, too, but as of late Wednesday only a few had been located.
Jerry Croy, Davis' future father-in-law, said there were two elderly cats in the house and he believes they may not have made it. He also said they have snakes and a lizard in a tank in the basement.
The fire apparently started outside the home near Brown and Lindsay roads. It then spread throughout the roof and attic. The roof collapsed in the center of the house, authorities said.
Davis said two vehicles were damaged in the fire. Davis thinks the fire may have started in the bed of a pickup parked next to the house. Detectives are looking into it.
Davis also said there had been a fire at another neighborhood home recently.
The family is staying with relatives and at a motel.
Mesa fire officials think the fire caused more than $300,000 worth of damages.
Since they lost most of their possessions, Davis told ABC15 he and his fiancée are trying to find toys for their children to help distract them.