A fire that destroyed a home in a far North Bexar County neighborhood not far from Camp Bullis put up a fight that, at one point, sent firefighters scrambling to safety.
Bexar-Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Ken Jarvis said firefighters from at least four different agencies responded to the fire call in the 25900 block of Hootananny Street after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Once they arrived, he said, they found fire on the back porch of the home and quickly began attacking it.
However, the fire soon spread to the attic of the home where firefighters could not reach it, Jarvis said.
They had to make a quick exit from the home for their own safety as the roof began to collapse, he said.
"We saw them all walk out and we're like, 'What's happening?'” said Claudia Romera, who lives across the street.
She said a text message from one of her sons alerted her to the fire at her neighbor’s home.
Romera and her other children then went out to their balcony and took pictures, the whole time watching firefighters wage a losing battle to save it.
“We could feel the heat all the way over here,” Romera said. "It was pretty sad. We saw it all. It was very sad."
It took firefighters more than two hours to knock down all the flames which gutted the home.
Jarvis said the cause of the fire was not immediately known, although it started in an area where a new air conditioning system recently had been installed.
No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported.