TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed that two people died after a house fire in Tyler Friday morning.

The second deceased person was the individual that was unaccounted for, said officials. Firefighters confirmed a man and woman died in the fire and the man’s body has been sent for an autopsy.

“It’s sad that the two people that were near me didn’t make it. I was told they couldn’t get in because they barricaded the door,” said Rhett Kenyon, a tenant at the house that was converted into apartments.

Tyler Fire was called at 3:37 this morning to the 500 block of Phillips Street to respond to a fire, and officials were able to get the fire under control within 45 minutes of the initial call. It was said by authorities that there was a delay in containing the fire due to the house’s multiple shingle roof and tin roof on top of that.

Both victims lived in the same unit of the Phillips Street house that had been converted into five apartment units.

Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Lee said one tenant got out of the building and began attempting to break open a window to retrieve his dog. The tenant was taken to the hospital and later released.

The dog is safe, and in animal control custody, according to officials.

Tyler fire and police are investigating the fire together as a joint task. The Red Cross also assisted tenants who were displaced by the fire, and they will provide food, clothing and shelter if necessary.

“I’m thankful that I’m alive… and I hope those people that didn’t make it, I hope they’re in heaven,” said Kenyon.