Southeast Side fire leaves 15 homeless

January 14, 2011 5:06:58 AM PST
More than a dozen people were displaced Friday morning after a big fire on the city's Southeast Side.

The blaze, which began on South Houston, spread to a neighboring building of a similar size and left five adults and 10 children looking for new place to live.

It appeared as though everything was lost. However, the good news was that no one was injured.

The fire started at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday. Flames quickly moved through the two-and-a-half-story building in the 8600-block of South Houston. Crews say both buildings were fully engulfed in flames.

"Big flames coming out from next door," neighbor Jesus Sabas said through a translator. "In 20 minutes, big flames. It was awesome. It was crazy."

Ninety-nine firefighters were called to put out the fire, which was extinguished by 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Some firefighters remained on the scene for several hours later.