Walter Serpit, who walks with a cane, made sure the six adults and two children who live in the home made it outside safely.
He then went back in to get his beer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
"I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out," Serpit said. "I went back into the house like a dummy and the door shut on me because this back draft was about to kill me."
He saved several cans of beer, the Journal-Constitution said.
The fire was likely cause by a new water heater.