A fire on the city's South Side damaged two homes early Tuesday morning.

The fire began after 1 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of Parkview Drive near Interstate 10 and Probandt.

Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival.

"All of a sudden they were banging on my door. Telling me to get out because there was a fire next door," said Juanita Sanchez, whose home also caught fire. "The whole house was in flames. It was already passing to this side and all the back got burned."

Fire officials said no one was inside the home, which had a "for sale" sign, when the fire started.

There were people inside the second home but everyone made it out safe, fire officials said.

Damage to the first home was estimated at $40,000, while damage to the second home was estimated at $35,000, fire officials said. Arson investigators were looking into a cause.

Sanchez' home had damage to the carport, an exterior wall and the bathroom. She said there was also heavy smoke inside.

Sanchez said the fire was devastating because she is struggling to make ends meet with two young boys.

"I was trying to fix it, but not anymore. I don't think so. I had worked so hard," she said.

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