Man alerts neighbor to house fire as flames damage two homes

Flames prompt two-alarm response

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SAN ANTONIO – Flames that caused "heavy damage" to two Northeast Side homes Sunday afternoon prompted a two-alarm response from the San Antonio Fire Department.

According to firefighters, a neighbor alerted a person inside one of the homes in the 4700 block of Desert Poppy his home was on fire. The flames spread to a neighboring home.

Randy Goss said he was watching TV in his garage when he heard a pop and realized there was a fire across the street. Goss said he had his wife and a neighbor help him alert others to the flames.

Goss tried to contain the fire by taking a water hose to the flames, but was unsuccessful.

When firefighters arrived, they immediately called for additional units.

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward said in some cases, a second alarm will be called due to a high heat index, but in this case, more firefighters were called to prevent the spread of the flames.

It's unclear what started the fire, but Woodward said the fire does not appear suspicious. 

Woodward said both homes sustained "heavy damage," preventing homeowners from returning to their houses. Authorities will determine later whether the homes will need to be demolished.

No one was injured in the fire.