SAN ANTONIO -- Flames ripped through a home in Alamo Heights on Monday evening, displacing a family of four.
Neighbors scrambled to protect their belongings, worried the blaze would roar out of control and spread.
The fire broke out shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Montclair Avenue near Broadway Street.
Chopper 5, from our sister station KENS 5, went to the scene. Video showed a house that was engulfed in flames as firefighters battled to keep it under control.
Later Monday night, firefighters were still trying to determine how the fire started. Neighbors said this is one they'll remember.
John Flanagan, a neighbor, said he could see the smoke from miles away. He rushed home and was relieved to find that the fire didn't spread.
"We just got here," he said. "We went into the house... We'd left our sliding glass door open a bit and so we shut it. Now we've got some exhaust going."
Another neighbor, John Dunn, was already outside when he heard a series of explosions.
"(They were) like bombs, I mean literally like a bomb going off," he said. "I thought gas tanks on a car or gas lines, but not normal. Something was igniting it. Just not what you'd expect in a neighborhood fire."
The fire attracted a large crowd as neighbors waited anxiously to find out how it all started. They were thankful help arrived so quickly.
"The wind scared everybody because it could have moved right toward Broadway," Dunn said.
There were no reports of any injuries.