PARMA, OH (WOIO) - Flames licked the early morning sky on Bavaria Avenue in Parma.
Tracie Jeffery shot cell phone video from right outside her home.
The house that was on fire is her neighbor's house. They shared a backyard.
"It was hot. I walked out my side door, and it was like an oven right in front of your face. It was crazy," described Tracie Jeffery.
Police woke up Jeffery and her family because their home was just steps away from the fire.
"All I know is I got woke up by the cops to ask us to move our vehicles out of the driveway, come out and there was flames coming from the house behind us. They just came out and asked us questions, if we knew the guy and told him what room was his - it was crazy," added Jeffery.
One man lived inside the modest, two-story home with his cat, according to neighbors. Unfortunately, that man didn't make it out alive. He was found in the second floor bathroom.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they said there was a lot of smoke and flames coming from the second story of the house.
Fire Investigators worked for hours gathering evidence and searching for a cause.
Meanwhile, those who live right next to the damaged, burnt-out home, struggled to make sense of it all.
"We knew him. He was a good guy, got along with him. He always played with our dogs when we had them in our pen in the back. He was just a really good guy. It's sad to see he didn't make it out. He's going to be missed," says Allen Jeffery.
A spokesperson for the Parma Fire Department said he wasn't sure whether the cat made it out alive or not.