John Chenault fell asleep in his basement Friday night.
When he woke up he found his house starting to catch fire.
The Lexington Fire Department says the fire started around 2:30am Saturday.
Chenault believes the fire started from a short-circuited space heater catching an area rug.
He says he tried to put out the fire by smothering it with his reclining chair, but says that only fueled the fire.
Chenault's wife was the only other one home at the time of the fire but got out okay.
John says she suffered a mild heart attack once out of the home and had to stay overnight at the hospital for observation.
The couple's daughter and her two children also live in the home, but weren't there when the fire started.
Chenault says insurance should cover the home repairs, but says everything else is a total loss.