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'We've lived here all our lives': Family's home destroyed in early morning fire

Family says they lost everything

SAN ANTONIO – A family is searching for a new place to call home after an early morning fire burned parts of their home to the ground.

James Sisongkham and his family lived in their home in the 5600 block of Brandemere for 17 years, and on Saturday everything changed.

"I just woke up smelled smoke went to the garage and saw flames and everything," Sisongkham said.

James was the first to wake up.

"So I just called out for my family everyone get outside and everyone got outside right in time, and I saw my dad come out," Sisongkham said.

The San Antonio Fire Department said the weather made fighting the fire even harder for first responders.

"(Weather) played a big role, especially the winds blowing about 20, 25 mph this fire was fueled by some of the wind once it got started," SAFD Battalion Chief Steve Reuthinger said.

Sisonkham said they lost everything in the fire from their clothes to family pictures, but just a few hours after the fire, neighbors are already stepping up to lend a helping hand.

As for James and his family, still one question remains.

"What are we gonna do next?" Sisongkham asked. "Hopefully just stay strong and move on."

Those interested in helping the Sisongkham family, their church, the Asian Christian Mission Fellowship Church is accepting donations to get the family back on their feet.


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