North Augusta house fire leaves neighborhood shaken

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / August 14, 2013

North Augusta, SC (WRDW) - "Honestly, I didn't know what to think. As I was crossing the bridge, I saw the smoke, I didn't know what it was," said Troy Hebbard whose house caught fire.

News 12's Patrick Price asked Hebbard, "When you came back, what did you see?"

His response, "Everything in fire."

A sight -- hard to bear for Hebbard. Just an hour after he left his home on Savannah Court, a fire is what he came home to.

"Everything was engulfed in flames, there was smoke all over the place," he said.

Neighbors crowded around in disbelief, as they watched the flames take over.

"Just to know that the house I have lived in for a while is on fire, and we're going to have to tear it down and rebuild it," he told News 12.

Troys dad and brother were already there. They rushed in minutes later to save their two dogs.

"My dad went up the front steps and they couldn't make it two feet in," he said.

It was just far enough to grab one. Troys brother couldn't find the other.

"My brother said he got up the stairs and the roof just started collapsing on top of him," said Hebbard.

They both got out before things got bad. Crews showed up minutes later to put out the fire. All his dad could do was stand and watch.

"I think he's just as awe struck as I am, to know that the house that he's not even done paying on, is burning down to the ground," he said.

But that's the shocking reality on Savannah Court. They lost a home, but still have each other.