SAN ANTONIO -- A three-alarm fire burned 16 units in a northside apartment complex Monday evening. Thirty-nine San Antonio Firefighter units tried to get the upper hand at the Wood Hollow apartment complex, on Sahara Drive near Isom Road.
Firefighters worked for more than an hour to contain the fire, which quickly spread from unit to unit. High wind gusts made it difficult for firefighters to gain control. Residents who stood to watch the fire from the apartment complex's parking lots had to be moved farther back for safety. Residents told News 4 they first smelled smoke and then started knocking on neighbors' doors to warn others.
"I'm just in shock," said Jennifer Mendez, who lives at Wood Hollow. "Everything's in there."
Mendez said her mother had dental surgery today and all of her medication was inside the apartment, which burned.
A fire department spokesperson said no one was injured. Meanwhile, arson investigators are trying to determine what started the fire.
The Red Cross is assisting the people who lost their apartments.