SAN ANTONIO – A new video shows the intensity of a fire that destroyed a local family’s home in northeastern Bexar County.
The fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the 8900 block of Twincreek Farm in Converse.
Neighbors said they heard a loud bang and looked outside as the house was engulfed in flames.
Manuel Sein lives next door and hastened to go outside with his wife.
“I said: “Get dressed quickly. Get out of here before things get bad. And (it) got really bad from there,” Sein said.
Video from Ring’s neighbor’s doorbell camera showed flames and deputies rushing to get people outside.
Calvin Clifton lives on the other side of the house on fire. He was taking a shower when someone who worked at his house informed him of a fire in the neighborhood.
Clifton’s home suffered significant damage but was saved.
“The kitchen is against the walls, behind the kitchen, the washing machine is on the ceiling where holes had to be punched to make sure it didn’t burn. They pulled out all the insulation, the ceiling from the attic. All furniture and clothes smell of smoke,” Clifton said.
“All you could see was fire from that side, so I just grabbed my clothes and ran out,” he said. “I smell smoke. Smoke began to enter the bedroom.
Sein said he has known the family that lost their home for over 20 years.
“We have been neighbors since 2002. Great people. Never had a problem with them,” Sein said.
The Bexar County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross is temporarily helping a family living in a destroyed home, but these homeowners are hoping that their neighbors, who have lived for almost two decades, can somehow recover.
“You can see the tears and just the loss on his face yesterday,” Clifton said. “They’ve been through a lot of tragedy, so I’m just praying for them.”
Sein said, “There are no words to describe it. It’s just really hard, just very emotional times.”
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