‘It won’t stop us from moving forward,’ Homeowner says after house destroyed in fire

No one was injured

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Fire Department responded to a two-alarm house fire on the East Side Saturday afternoon.

The fire happened in the 100 block of Grasmere Court.

Fire officials say the house was fully engulfed in flames and heavy smoke was visible when firefighters arrived.

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Nobody was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The homeowner, who asked to go by the name Mrs. Vela, said their family had just left for lunch.

She said when they got the call, they rushed back home. Because the roadway was blocked by first responders, her first sight of their home of three years was devastating.

”It is like ashes," Vela said. "There is nothing really and what it is, it is smokey. So, it is not even worth it to take.”

The home housed her parents, her husband, and her three young children.

“My husband takes it a little bit harder," Vela said. "He is the one that created it and built it up. My daughter is taking it harder. My son is thinking about his stuffed animals.”

She said she believes someone started the fire.

“We are waiting for the surveillance video,” Vela said. “Someone said they saw someone pull up to get something from the house and drove off both ways. I want the person responsible to know this is not holding us back. It won’t stop us from moving forward."

Arson is investigating the cause of the fire which is unknown at this time. The home is a total loss.

Vela said she has one request for her community.

“Just pray for us,” Vela said.

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Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with 15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast Texas Crime Stories.

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