Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 8:05 am WATER WORKS — Rives firefighter Scott Dion hoses down what remains of Billy Autry Jr.’s house on East Highway 21 Thursday morning. An early-morning fire Thursday destroyed Autry’s home, located between Rives and Troy. The house may have been a total loss, but Autry is fortunate to be alive thanks, in no small part, to his smoke detectors. The fire broke out around 2 a.m. and Autry said he was awakened by the sound of his smoke detectors going off. “I think that’s what saved me. … They were going off and that’s what saved me,” Autry told The Messenger Thursday. He said he had taken some cold medicine before going to bed and when the smoke alarms went off, he broke out a window and escaped from the house. He said he then went to the back of the house and knocked out a second window and rescued his dog, a mixed breed named “Bud.” Firefighters from Rives, Union City, Troy and Kenton responded to the fire Thursday morning.