Family found after two-home fire in Bexar County


by Marvin Hurst / KENS 5


Posted on November 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 10:41 AM

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas -- A family that was unaccounted for after two homes went up in flames Monday morning has been located, according to Laura Jesse with Bexar County.

The fires broke out in the 8000 block of Whistler around 2:45 a.m.

According to fire officials on the scene, initially there was confusion on whether or not the family of one of the burned homes was out of town. Firefighters confirm they searched the home at least twice.

"We've gotten conflicting stories about whether they are here or not at the time of the fire," said Craig Roberts, Bexar County Fire Marshal. "Until we have more information and know where that family is, I can't say what the status is of them."

Neighbors saw the flames and knocked on the doors of the two homes to try and get people out. "It grew really fast, and I was scared it was going to catch the truck on fire," said Destiny Villarreal.

Loreen Button is a homeowner who was one of the people rescued by neighbors. She watched as her home of 25 years burned.

"Well, I'm thanking God these ladies woke us up and saved our lives because the bedroom is gone, and we might not have woken up," said Button. "Then watching the house and hoping it's not going to go any further, and it just keeps going and going and going."

According to officials on the scene, one firefighter suffered an ankle injury and the other suffered heat exhaustion.

There was no immediate word on what triggered both homes to go up in flames.