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Family of 7 left with nothing after fire destroys its South Side home

SAN ANTONIO – A family of seven is left to pick up the pieces after a fire destroyed its South Side home.

The fire happened just before noon Thursday on Iroquois Street near Interstate 35 and Somerset Road.

Appliances, household good — everything inside their home was rendered worthless in minutes. The family had a decade of memories in the home.

"(I’m) devastated. This has been our home for 19 years, and now I've got to look for somewhere else,” Maria Salazar said.

Salazar and her husband raised four children in their home. Now, they are helping to raise their three grandchildren. The youngest is only 3.

Salazar got the call about the fire about 11:30 a.m. She said firefighters told her it was an electrical fire that happened in the back room.

The homeowners said her first worry was the safety of her family. When she realized everyone was safe, she said the realization of what had happened really sunk in.

Friends and neighbors are helping the family in this tough time.

The family says it’s hard to find a light at the end of the tunnel. The family had no homeowners insurance.

The Red Cross will house the family for a week or two, then they don’t know what will happen.

Salazar said she isn’t looking for handouts.

“Everyone out there, we all have problems, and I don't want to be asking for help,” she said.

Anyone who wants to donate goods or clothes can drop them off at their neighbor’s home at 339 Iroquois St.

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