SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Fire Department battled an intense blaze that damaged three homes on the city’s Northwest Side early Wednesday morning.
The fire was called in around 2 a.m. in the 300 block of Viendo Street, not far from West Hildebrand Avenue and Interstate 10.
Firefighters said they arrived to find a house completely engulfed in flames, a second house with a fire in the attic and a third home that was scorched by the flames and had a car on fire.
Fire officials said they were they were able to get a quick knockdown following a rough start. One house, however, was completely destroyed.
The family of the home that burned down said no one currently lives there. They said some homeless however regularly stayed there.
Only one home damaged by the fire had people living in it. Those residents were able to get out safely and no one was hurt.
Authorities say a nearby business on Hildebrand Avenue almost caught fire, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to that building.
A fire investigation team is now trying to determine the exact cause. A damage estimate is believed to be roughly more than $160,000, firefighters said.