Fire at West Side home quickly spreads to 2 others nearby; 8 people displaced

Chief Charles Hood grateful strong overnight winds had died down

SAN ANTONIO – A fire that started in one home on the city’s West Side quickly spread to two others that were especially close to it.

It broke out after 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Elvira Street, not far from Guadalupe Street.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says crews that were called to put it out faced an uphill battle.

“One of the factors is the houses are very close (together), and there was a lot of stuff between the houses,” he said.

At one point, there were nearly three dozen crews battling the fire.

Still, the flames and smoke damaged a total of three homes – two on Elvira Street and one behind them on El Paso Street.

Hood says eight people were displaced and will get assistance from the American Red Cross.

He says he is grateful the fire happened when it did, as opposed to just a few hours earlier when strong winds would have caused even more problems.

“You can imagine last night when we had 30 mile an hour winds. If this fire would’ve happened last night it would’ve burned the entire block down,” Hood said.

During the height of the fire, nearly everyone on that block evacuated their homes as a precaution.

All but the families in the three homes that burned were allowed to return home later.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Hood says fire crews also had to call Animal Care Services for help in locating some missing pets that apparently got out while they were fighting the fire.

ACS officials said four dogs were taken in following the fire, but four puppies died in the incident.

Elvira Street fire image 2. (KSAT)

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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Azian Bermea is a photojournalist at KSAT.

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