CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Corpus Christi couple is thankful after escaping a devastating house fire overnight.
The man and woman, who did not want to be identified, said they heard neighbors pounding on their door, begging them to get out.
The fire originated in the back of the couple's home on Sabinas Street. Although the front of the house looks untouched, the damage inside took all of their belongings.
The couple's niece said the home was more than just four walls. Generations lived in the house for over 66 years.
"It's such a loss and, oh, disappointment to all of us," niece Christina Sanchez said.
Sanchez said it's especially hard because her aunt requires dialysis three times a week and dealing with a house fire is not something they can afford.
Luckily, the American Red Cross stepped up to help the couple during their time of need.
Right after the fire on Thursday night, volunteers asked the homeowners what they needed and fulfilled their wishes.
"We are a glimpse of hope to assist them get back on their feet," Red Cross Executive Director Alex Garcia said.
Garcia said not only does the Red Cross respond to national and global disasters, they help people in the community. Their organization provided clothes, food, shelter and financial assistance in wake of tragedy.
"We are there every single time to assist them in any way, shape or form that we can," Garcia added.
Unfortunately, the couple lost their two dogs to the fire.
Fire investigators said they are still looking into what caused the blaze.