Suspected electrical fire destroys home, garage

3 northeast Bexar County properties damaged

SAN ANTONIO – Three properties in northeast Bexar County were damaged by an early morning house fire Tuesday that was suspected of being electrical in nature.

According to Robert Hogan, chief of the Gardendale Volunteer Fire Department, dispatchers received the first 911 call around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Hogan said that within six minutes, three fire units arrived on the scene, where firefighters found the garage behind a home at the corner of Glen Point and Glen Side on fire.

The fire quickly spread and ignited the roof of a second home in the 1700 block of Glen Point, Hogan said. The second home was heavily damaged.

The heat caused damage to the side of a third home on Glen Side, Hogan said.

Additional firefighters had to be called in, Hogan said.

"If it had been contained to the one structure, then yes, no problem," he said. "Our first-in unit had four personnel associated with it."

Christie Franco, who owns the garage where the fire is believed to have originated, said she awoke to a confusing sight outside her window.

"Just by the grace of God, I was woken up," Franco said. "I saw just red outside and I couldn't understand what it was. Everything was just going up in flames. It was just burning so quickly." 

While Franco woke up on her own, Bexar County sheriff's deputies, who happened to be in the area, helped to get others out of bed.

"They were going around knocking on doors," sheriff's spokesman James Keith said. "At one point, they were even tossing dogs over fences, trying to get those animals and people to safety."

No injuries were reported. 

A damage estimate wasn't immediately available.

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