SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Fire Department crews put out a two-alarm fire at a home on the Northeast Side on Monday.
At least 30 SAFD units responded to the 13700 block of Player Street that was reported at 12:15 p.m.
Fire officials said the flames started in the garage, but quickly spread, fully engulfing the home.
SAFD Chief Hood just got to the scene and is being briefed. Smoke still rising while crews pull material out of the charred garage. They will soon update the media with details. @ksatnews pic.twitter.com/svivTKhHXV— KSAT Courtney Friedman (@cfriedmanTV) November 18, 2019
A neighboring home that shares a breezeway with the flaming house was also damaged, officials said.
The first home was deemed a total loss, and about one-third of the second home was burned, firefighters said.
No injuries were reported, but firefighters found a medium-sized dog who died in the fire.
Officials believe squatters may have taken over that home.
“Neighbors are reporting the the bank owns this residence, so no one actually lived there. But it looks like someone, possibly was squatting or hoarding there. We’re seeing cans, things like that. There were large amounts of material inside of that house,” said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday and arson crews were called out to the scene.