GALAX, Va. (WFXR) — One person and their pet are now safe after a firefighter was in the right place at the right time on Thursday.

On Nov. 2 around 9:25 a.m., a Galax firefighter was passing by the Matthews Street area when he noticed odd smoke. After investigating, he found fire and heavy smoke coming from the attic of a home in the 100 block of Matthews Street.

The firefighter immediately radioed dispatch and alerted an occupant to make sure they were safely out of the house.

Once first responders arrived, the blaze was brought under control and firefighters stayed on the scene for an extra 40 minutes to extinguish hot spots.

As a result of the fire, American Electric Power, was called to disconnect the service as crews checked the house for hidden pockets of fire and smoldering areas.

According to the Galax Fire Department, the American Red Cross is assisting a resident of the home.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

WFXR News will update this story as additional information is released.