Fire destroys northeast Bexar County home

Homeowner shocked as fire once again destroys place he calls home

Homeowner Chester Dominguez couldn't salvage much of anything, after a fire ripped through his home and SUV parked in the driveway.

All he found was a Texans ornament that his daughter sent him when he was deployed.

Dominguez is shocked: A fire has once again destroyed a place he called home.

"When I was 9 years old, we lost our home to a fire back then as well, and I thought stuff like that only happened once in a lifetime, but I guess bad luck follows you wherever you go," said Chester Dominguez.

Fire officials said a fire tore through the family's home just before 3 a.m. Monday in the 8100 block of Whistler in northeast Bexar County.

A home video shows flames that were taller than trees and so strong, they jumped onto the house next door.

Two firefighters were slightly injured after Dominguez' home collapsed.

His fifth-grade daughter is convinced this fire was no accident.

"It smells like gas in there and they said they found gas in every room," said Sabrina Dominguez.

Monday night, Chester Dominguez' family was surrounded by neighbors as they looked through the burned out material. Dominguez is in the Army reserves, and he said fortunately, he does have home owners insurance.

The fire is devastating to the Dominguez family, not only because this is the only home his kids have ever known, but that he's afraid he'll probably be deployed next year.

The Fire Marshal's Office did bring out an arson dog to sniff for accelerants. At this time, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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