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SAFD: 2-alarm fire displaces 35 people

Building at North Side complex heavily damaged

SAN ANTONIO – At least 35 residents of the Canopy apartments are having to stay elsewhere after a two-alarm fire there Friday.

No one at the complex -- located at the corner of Heimer and Bitters -- was injured, according to the San Antonio Fire Department.

Fire Chief Charles Hood said the fire was contained to one building with 24 units after the call came in just before 10:30 a.m.

"We were able to stop the fire basically in its tracks," Hood said, thanks to what he called "aggressive firefighting."

But Hood said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

He said the fire apparently began in a second-story apartment but then spread to the third floor.

Resident Josh Woods said, "I walked out on my balcony, looked up and the entire third floor was engulfed in flames."

Hood said, "A lot of these units look good from the outside but there's a lot of damage."

He said much of that was due to heavy smoke and the water to put out the blaze.

An SAFD spokesman said the American Red Cross is working with apartment management to find housing for the affected families either within the complex or other properties.

The fire department also reported at least a dozen dogs and cats were reunited with their owners.