A man and nearly a dozen dogs were rescued from a burning house in Tuscola County.

It happened about 6:16 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in the 1800 block of S. Sheridan Road in Juanita Township.

When Michigan State Police arrived on scene they found flames coming from the home. They forced their way inside and found a 21-year-old man sleeping in a basement bedroom.

Troopers carried the man to safety. He was treated at the scene and declined further medical attention.

Police also rescued 10 caged dogs trapped inside the burning home. We're told nine people live in the house, which has five bedrooms. All of the residents owned dogs. They've all been displaced by the fire.

"If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here," said Cody Johnson, resident.

Johnson and an elderly family member were home at the time of the fire.

"I got dragged outta bed by three cops telling me to get out. All I saw was some fire, bunch of glass on the ground. I was confused," Johnson said.

Johnson is here today thanks to a quartet of police officers who ran inside a burning home to save him.

Michigan State Police troopers Jaclyn Hood, Adam Mullin, Dennis Lapan, and Akron-Fairgrove Police Chief Matt Simerson dodged the smoke and flames to get Johnson and the family dogs away from danger.

“He has a life outside of this whole ordeal and I’m glad he gets to keep living that,” Mullin said.

“I’m just extremely grateful that my partners and I were able to do what we did,” Lapan said.

“We went in and everybody grabbed a door accomplished what we there for and that’s to save a life and we did that,” Simerson said.

“If there’s a burning house and I know there’s people inside without a second thought I know all of us would run back in,” Hood said.

"I just wanna thank them all. I appreciate their help and everything too," Johnson said.

Before the officers arrived, another rescue took place. A mystery man saved Johnson's elderly family member.

"He was in the house and someone came by and busted the back window and got him out of the house," Johnson said.

Several of the family's animals escaped, but they lost one dog, three cats, two rabbits, a bird and a bearded dragon.

The house is a total loss.

"We don't have much left. We lost everything in there. Anyone that can come forward and help us clean it up and like, help us rebuild it," Johnson said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Investigators are uncertain there were working smoke detectors in the home.

Residential structure fire in 1800 block of S. Sheridan Rd., Tuscola Co. Tuesday evening. Tprs. & an officer from Akron-Fairgrove police department made entry into the burning house and rescued the 21 year old man who was sleeping in the basement. 10 caged dogs were also rescued. pic.twitter.com/UF2glaC83N— MSP Bay Region (@mspbayregion) May 2, 2018

As for Johnson, he said he holds his family much closer now.

“To see my kids and my wife and you know everybody else was really really grateful,” Johnson said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

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