LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. -- Five dogs managed to escape a burning Lancaster County home late Friday morning and survived.

Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the call came in just before 11 a.m. Friday. He said a neighbor who lives nearly a half mile away noticed the fire and dialed 9-1-1.

“We knew from the beginning that pretty much we were behind because we saw black smoke from several miles away,” says Blackwelder.

He said when crews arrived on scene to home located on Walnut Road in Buford, their suspicions were right, the home was fully engulfed.

“The roof had already caved in and the walls were falling so it had a huge head start on us,” he says.

Two adults -- a mother and her son -- lived in the home, although neither were home when the fire broke out. But their worst fears came true when they got the news -- that their five small dogs had been trapped inside.

Blackwelder says fire crews discovered all five dogs managed to get out. “Couple of them got a little hot, and they were upset but they survived and are doing well,” he says. BJ, Sugar, Bumpy, Lady and Lucky – all lucky to be alive.

Blackwelder says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“We’ll look for a point or origin. It’s going to be very difficult given the severity of the damage but there’s nothing right now that leads us to believe it was suspicious.”