SAFD: Family displaced, dog killed following Southwest Side house fire

The family did find a safe place to stay after the fire and arson is investigating

A family of four is displaced and their dog was found deceased inside their home after it went up in flames overnight, according to the San Antonio Fire Department.
A family of four is displaced and their dog was found deceased inside their home after it went up in flames overnight, according to the San Antonio Fire Department.

SAN ANTONIO – A family of four is displaced and their dog was found deceased inside their home after it went up in flames overnight, according to the San Antonio Fire Department.

More than a dozen fire units were called to the scene around 4 a.m., Sunday, in the 5900 block of Bowsprit Street.

Firefighters said the fire began in the living room and then quickly spread throughout the home.

“We had to fight fire from the outside,” fire battalion chief Brad May said. “We did have a problem… (on) the right side of the house, but we were able to contain that and keep that at bay.”

Slight charring can be seen on the exterior of a neighbor’s home from the flames.

The family — a husband, wife, and two kids — was inside of the home when the fire started, but they were able to escape safely, according to fire officials.

“We know of two adults and at least two children (were inside),” May said. “They were completely safe and unharmed.”

Throughout the morning, firefighters remained on the scene to monitor hotspots while the family watched from the sidewalk in disbelief.

All of their belongings were destroyed and a beloved member of the family didn’t make it out alive — their pet chihuahua.

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Officials were able to get the fire under control, but the home was deemed a total loss, as damages were estimated at $150,000.

The family did have a safe place to stay following the fire and arson has been called to investigate. No foul play is suspected.

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