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Family escapes massive fire at northeast Bexar County home

Fire destroys new cars at home near Converse

A massive fire engulfed a Northeast Bexar County home near Converse early Tuesday morning.

Five area fire departments responded to the fire before 3:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of Dunlap Fields.

Firefighters battled the flames for close to two hours before it was extinguished.

Fire officials said a family was inside at the time, but managed to get out safely after a man inside woke up and noticed smoke filling the home.

"I'm thankful for my life, you know, that we got out of there when we did, because a few minutes later, we would not probably be alive," said Pamela Jones.

Her husband, Timothy, woke her up, and also woke his brother, Eric.

"When we looked down the hallway, the garage was engulfed in flames, and we just got out. When we got out, everything just started exploding," Eric Jones said.

The fire is believed to have started in the garage. It destroyed two new cars, a Chrysler 300 and a Mercedes.

"It's pretty devastating. I mean, my father didn't put his cars first, but he washed them every week, so he took good care of them," said Kerry Adams, Timothy Jones' son.

Damages were estimated between $200,000 and $300,000, fire officials said.

Firefighters were only able to salvage a few pictures and documents from inside the home, but family members said they were not mourning the loss of material possessions.

"I really didn't know what to think. I was just scared, because my uncle just passed away in a house fire," said Pamela Jones.

The Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office was looking into the cause of the fire.

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