SAN ANTONIO -

Home video of a house burning in the 8100 block of Whistler in Northeast Bexar County early Monday morning showed just how high flames got. 

Firefighters said despite a fire station located a mile away, it just took minutes for flames to fully engulf the three-bedroom home.

Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts said, “We can't tell you how long it burned before the fire department arrived."

Fortunately, the family who lived in the home was in Houston for the weekend.   

Patricia Rosas, a friend of the family, said the home belonged to a single father, Chester Dominguez.

"Just looking at this house, you call it home, but you can't call it home (any) more," said Rosas.

Rosas said Dominguez isn’t just a single father, but also in the Army Reserves. He has two kids, and both are in elementary school. 

She's glad, she said, that the family was out of town visiting his mother.

“He's always here. He's always working and he needed to get out and thank God he did, because if he didn't, he would be here and the kids," said Rosas.

The Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office said the fire started just before 3 a.m. then jumped next door.

The fire moved so fast and was so destructive that the home collapsed, injuring two firefighters. The second home was heavily damaged. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

"There's no words. He's going to be devastated, (as will) the kids, because they grew up here," said Rosas.

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