Clean-up begins after fatal Old Pearsall Road fires

Wind-fueled fires kill 3 people, destroy 5 homes

Fire on Old Pearsall Road.
Fire on Old Pearsall Road.

Residents in the 8100 block of Old Pearsall Road in Southeast Bexar County have started to clean up after a fire that destroyed five homes and killed a mother and her young twin sons (pictured below).

Reyes and Rosie Lugo are left with just the charred remains of a three-unit apartment they've called home for more than three decades.

"I was cooking and I heard, like, a bomb. I don't know. They just told me they got the fire, and I got the baby out," Rose Lugo said.

Her baby, Avery, 2, is all she had time to carry out.

Reyes Lugo said he saw his neighbor's home go up in smoke, but didn't know the wind was carrying it to his.

"I was seeing the fire from out there on that side of the street," he said.

The path of the fire was unpredictable.

Homes with little to no damage are standing in between houses that burned to the ground.

Patricia Terrazas had to wait until Tuesday morning to find out that her home was full of smoke, but still standing.

As she stood surrounded by the devastating damage, she said she was focused on the families who lost much more than she did.

"God will see them through this. It's just, you know, when something like this happens, the whole community comes together, and pulls together," Terrazas said.

The bodies of Roxanne Cortez and her 1-year-old sons, Daniel (pictured, left) and Orelene Ordonez, were recovered from the rubble on Monday.

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