2 families, pet hamster escape fire that engulfed homes overnight

Fire started in 7700 block of Branston Drive

SAN ANTONIO – Arson investigators were called to a house fire that quickly spread to another home on the Northwest side early Saturday morning. 

The fire started on the second floor of a home in the 7700 block of Branston Drive. The fire spread to the attic, then to the house next door, firefighters said.

Everyone was safely evacuated -- including one family's pet hamster.

Authorities said the damage was extensive, but did not give an estimated cost.

So far, the cause of the fire has not been determined.

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