UPDATED 4:50 p.m.:
A man in Roanoke had to kick out a window this morning to get out of his burning home.
Understandably, Michael Aldhizer was a bit shaken up.
He lives on Brighton Road in the Southwest part of the city.
Adhizer was asleep when the fire started around 9:30 this morning.
He says firefighters where already at the window with a ladder when he realized what was going on.
"Just wake up and the smoke," he said. "Hit the ground, yelling for mom, yelling for my cat and my animal. No response."
Aldhizer's mom, who he just mentioned had already left for work.
Investigators say the fire was started by "improper disposal of smoking materials.
The fire did $70,000 in damage to the home.
Here is the news release from the Roanoke Fire Department:
On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a house fire at 1309 Brighton Rd. The call was received in the E-911 Center at approximately 9:25am. The fire was under control at 9:37am.
When crews arrived on scene there was heavy smoke and flames showing from the upstairs of the 2 story home. One person had escaped the home by going onto the roof - a Roanoke Police Officer then helped them down with a ladder. Firefighters rescued a cat from inside. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.
The home sustained fire damage as well as heavy smoke and water damage. The fire has been ruled accidental and was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. Damage estimates are approximately $70,000.
One person escaped from a house fire in Roanoke on Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out at 1309 Brighton Road around 9:25 a.m., and was out by 9:37 a.m.
Firefighters rescued a cat from the fire.
No one was hurt.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.