SAN ANTONIO – A family of three is looking for another place to live after fire destroyed their home Monday on the city's West Side.
David Cruse Jr. woke up around 8 a.m., and saw flames in the back of the home in the 6700 block of Buena Vista Street and alerted his cousin and aunt.
When they opened the front door, high winds fueled the fire. Cruse said he heard pops like acorns falling on a roof.
"It was burning like it was already an inferno," Cruse said.
Cruse said he has no doubt that the fire was intentionally set.
"It wasn't an accidental fire. In my heart it wasn't an accidental fire. Someone set the fire," Cruse said.
He said there are no electrical units, heaters or fire pits in the rear of the home that could have ignited the blaze.
"We ... lost everything, Christmas presents, checks," said Cruse, who just started working at a new job.
Irreplaceable family pictures were also lost in the fire and the family's Christmas celebration is in jeopardy.
"I bought all these presents for no reason. I buy presents for my kids to have a good Christmas, and this happens. For what?" Willie McDaniel, Cruse's cousin, said.
Fire officials called arson investigators to look into the blaze, which caused $75,000 worth of damage. Fire officials said they're not sure that the blaze is suspicious.
"To my knowledge, no one has been harassing them or giving them any trouble. We're not suspicious for any reason," San Antonio Fire Department Battalion Chief Keith Crusius said.