Published: May 22, 2014 10:34 PM EDT
Updated: May 23, 2014 10:29 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A family's home went up in flames in Collier County. A pet dog tethered to a pole and couldn't escape as the fire got dangerously closed. He was saved thanks to a Collier County deputy.

No one was hurt and no one was inside when the fire broke out.

Flames ripped through a trailer, off US 41, Thursday night. When firefighters showed up, they said the unit was almost completely engulfed.

Eight people lived there, along with their 3-year-old dog. The animal was tethered to a post outside dangerously close to the flames. A quick-thinking deputy rushed in, untying it, just in time.

WINK News spoke to a relative of the family who lost everything inside this trailer. He said they were headed home when they saw smoke shooting into the sky.

"We thought it was our neighbors house burning so we were gonna come help them but once we saw it was our house we got all scared. We thought that our dog died inside and we lost everything but we at least saved our dog, the officers cut him loose."

Firefighters said the cause of the fire is under investigation but the fire started in the front living room. They also said there were no hydrants near by, so they had to bring in their own water. The Red Cross will be helping the family.