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Dozens of families evacuated in West Side fire

27 units responded to scene in 2500 block of Westward Drive

SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of families were evacuated after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in the 2500 hundred block of Westward Drive.

The fire broke out just before 3 p.m. Thursday on the city's West Side.

San Antonio fire officials said nobody was hurt, but that 14 units were damaged.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said the fire started on the first floor and because of heavy winds, the fire extended to the second floor and then the attic.

"One of the challenges we had is the heavy air condition units on the roof," said Hood. "We had to go defensive and knock the main body of the fire out."

Although firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one apartment building, they evacuated the building behind it just as a precaution.

Alexus Delatorre said she could smell the smoke from work and that she rushed next door to make sure everyone was OK.

"I was hoping no one was inside," Delatorre said. "I was worried about that more than anything."

Everyone in the building made it out safely.

Hood said all the residents effected by the fire will be relocated to other units.

Fire officials said there was $125,000 worth of damage and that the department's arson unit was investigating.