Tampa, Florida -- A Tampa Heights family lost everything in a house fire, but it still could have been much, much worse.
It started Friday morning just before 5 o'clock. Their house is located at 207 West 26th Ave. Tampa.
A couple delivering Tampa Tribune newspapers saw the flames and started yelling and honking their vehicle horn as loud as possible to wake up the family inside.
35-year-old Mikesha Shaw woke up to the noise, then felt the heat, and finally the mother saw it.
"When I moved the curtain, I saw the flames just everywhere," said Shaw. "So I'm like, 'Oh my God!' I'm screaming, I'm going hysterical, I'm like, 'The house is on fire! The house is on fire!'"
A Tampa Heights family lost everything in a house fire, but it still could have been much, much worse.
She grabbed her son, 14-year-old Edward Jones, her daughter, 17-year-old senior at Hillsborough High School Edquanesha Jones and her fiance, 35-year-old Edward Edwards and ran out the side door.
But her fiance ran back in!
"He got burned, but he ran back through the flames to rescue our two Shih Tzus, Bam Bam and Snowy," said Shaw.
She said she was so thankful the newspaper delivery couple was there to wake them up.
"They kept honking the horn and yelling," said Shaw.
"They could not knock on the doors because they were too hot," said Edwards. "They said they saw the flames on the porch and started honking."
"We lost everything," said Shaw. "All we have is the clothes on our back... I am so hurt, all my children's photos and my dad he passed away and I had all his pictures were inside."
The fire marshal does not know the cause yet, but Shaw believes it is holiday related.
"I heard neighbors setting off fireworks all night long, so it could have been that... but I don't know if we will ever know what caused it," said Shaw.
The family is working to set up an account for any donations, but because it is the Fourth of July Holiday, the banks are closed, so they will have to wait.