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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A South Jackson family is thankful to be alive after waking up to their home on fire around 5:30 Saturday morning. Cynthia Young and her family, including her four year-old grand-daughter were forced out of their home at 2225 Forest Park Drive after fire quickly engulfed the house. The home was filled with smoke and the fire completely charred and destroyed the structure and the family's vehicles.  Young and her husband believe the fire started on the outside of the house.

"I was telling my husband I believe someone is breaking in the house, so he gets up goes up front he said the house was on fire," said Young.

The family made it out of the front door with only the clothes they were sleeping in. Amidst their escape the family's four-legged loved one may have been left behind.

"The dog was in the bed with my son and I don't know what happened with Happy," said Young.

In the past week several fires have devastated lives. The Salvation Army Thrift Shop in Jackson was destroyed Friday. Thursday, a Hazlehurst family lost their Christmas gifts and other belongings; and on New Year's morning fire tore through the Park at Autumn Ridge Apartment Complex leaving eight families homeless.

While the cause of the Young's house fire remains under investigation, fire officials said common tips to keep your home fire safe include, not sleeping with space heaters on, don't use the oven or stove for heat and make sure you have a working smoke detector. 

The Young's said their smoke detector was working. They're grateful to be alive and are looking forward to brighter days ahead, including celebrating Young's grand-daughter's birthday on Sunday.

"Tomorrow is her birthday she'll be four," said Charmel Young, one of the family members who escaped the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the Young family out with shelter and other necessities.

Jackson's Chief Fire Arson investigator Greg Travis told WLBT that the family's dog "Happy" was not found inside of the house while crews were investigating inside of the home.

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