SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Fire Department is working to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed three homes and left a family of seven without their home just one day before Thanksgiving.
"I don't know what's going to happen next. You're never prepared for something like this," said Angie Rosas, a mother of five who lost her home.
SAFD fire crews responded just after 2 p.m. to a house fully engulfed in the 1200 block of Longmont Drive near Marbach Road.
"I just went straight to my kids. That's the first thing I did to make sure they were fine, and then I saw my house and I couldn't do anything. I couldn't even get near it," Rosas said.
At one point, more than 30 units were on scene helping to contain the fire, but it quickly spread to two neighboring homes.
During the battle with the fire, SAFD had issues with two nearby hydrants that were not working and called for more units to help with the blaze.
KSAT-12 viewer George sent in cellphone footage to KSAT.com, capturing the fire ripping through one of the homes affected by the large blaze.
SAFD spokesperson Woody Woodward says the extra units were called to the scene because of how quickly the fire was spreading to homes that are close together.
“Anytime you have a cluster of townhomes or apartments like this and as you can see where in a very tight street, it’s very difficult to get up and down this street; there’s a lot of parked cars and all the other households on this street are extremely close together,” Woodward said.
“So when we see a fire beginning to spread from one unit to the others, we’re going to call for extra backup just in case,” Woodward said.
The Red Cross has been called to assist the family who lost their home. SAFD is working to determine if anyone lived in the other two homes that were destroyed.
The Red Cross has also been called to assist the family who lost their home.
SAFD is working to determine if anyone lived in the other two homes that were destroyed by the fire.