A apartment fire that is believed to have started in a dumpster displaced nearly half a dozen families in northeast San Antonio Monday night.
San Antonio fire crews responded to the two-alarm fire around 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Villa Apartments on Laurens Lane near Oakwell Farms Parkway.
Fire officials believe a dumpster caught fire and flames spread to a few nearby cars, and then a second floor balcony.
Firefighters initially had some difficulty battling the flames and had to call a second alarm.
"Here they were fighting, trying to fight the car fires, and they couldn't get to the hydrant that was there because the fire was too big. So they were trying to cut that off when it got to the building. That's when they called the second alarm, more companies came and we got it from both sides," said Brooke Hildretch, Acting Fire Chief Commander with SAFD.
No injuries were reported, but five families were displaced. Firefighters also had to rescue three unconventional pets: A hedgehog, a bearded dragon lizard and a snake.
Damages were estimated between $200,000 to $300,000. A cause of the fire has not been determined and the arson unit was called to investigate.
American Red Cross assisted some of the displaced families.