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Firefighters tackle swift blaze that struck two Northeast Side homes

August 26, 2018

San Antonio firefighters fought a quick-moving blaze Sunday that had already damaged two Northeast Side homes when they arrived, and threatened to spread to nearby structures.

More than 30 units responded to the fire just after 2 p.m. in the 4700 block of Desert Poppy. The flames and thick smoke didn’t injure anyone, but firefighters worried about the trees and homes standing within feet of the fire.

“Something like this can get out of control very quickly,” said Woody Woodward, spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department.

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Alex Sanchez, a renter who lived in one of the homes, said he was busy cleaning a carpet when he heard a neighbor banging on the window and yelling. Sanchez, whose children weren’t home at the time, bolted outside and said the fire had already engulfed both houses.

“It was a matter of seconds,” Sanchez said.

Standing in the hot sun with a towel covering his head, Sanchez gazed at the remains of the house that had all his belongings. A garage packed with boxes was intact, but the fire had scorched other parts of the home. Sanchez said he had no idea how the fire started.

“It’s a total loss,” Sanchez said.

Woodward said arson investigators will examine the cause the fire and where exactly it started. By the time firefighters showed up, both structures were already ablaze. The first responders immediately requested assistance and soon the subdivision was packed with firetrucks.

“The good news is, the fire was contained to just these two homes,” Woodward said. “It was a close call.”

John Tedesco is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jtedesco@express-news.net | Twitter: @John_Tedesco

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