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One man is now without a home after a fire early Friday morning in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
"It just all happened so fast. I've been trying to make sense of it. I don't think you can make sense out of something like that," Kerman Haynes said.
Haynes was asleep in his room when the smell of smoke and the sound of his fire alarm woke him up.
"I opened the door and smoke just started pouring down in," he said.
Haynes quickly sprung into action. He carried his dog to the roof and tried to call for help, but he didn't have service.
"I got the dog down, and then I jumped down. I want to say like 20 minutes later, there were just flames shooting out of the house. It was pretty devastating," Haynes said.
The Boonshill, Petersburg, Dellrose and Central stations from the Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call at around 5 a.m.
The Lincoln County Fire Department says the home on Hughey Road is a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Haynes had just finished renovating what he calls his dream home. Firefighters say the newly installed smoke detectors saved Haynes and his dogs' lives.
"Thank God I had done that. Otherwise, I don't think I would be doing this interview right now," Haynes said.
Now, the community is stepping up to help Haynes get back on his feet. Neighbors have offered him a place to stay and a local shop is also taking donations to give to him.
"Thank you! As we come up to the Thanksgiving holidays, it's really a time to reflect and just be thankful for the little things in life: our health, our lives, our friends, our communities, our families. Because in a moment's notice, life, everything you worked for is gone," Haynes said.
Donations are being taken here.
Haynes says he plans on rebuilding his home as soon as he can.
"Even though my home went up in smokes, my dreams didn't," he said.