SAFD says a smoke alarm likely saved residents, several pets, from the early morning house fire.

San Antonio – San Antonio firefighters say a smoke alarm may have saved the lives of a woman and several pets after a house fire destroyed her home on the city’s East Side early Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m. at a home in the 500 block of East Drexel Avenue, not far from Interstate 10 and South New Braunfels Avenue.

Firefighters said when they arrived, they saw heavy flames coming from the front of the home. They brought the fire under control quickly and were able to contain the flames to an area.

A woman who lived alone in the home was alerted by smoke detectors and got out safely, fire officials said. She was able to save her five pets but was unable to go anywhere else in the house due to the flames.

SAFD said the fire eventually engulfed the front porch and the home is now considered a total loss with at least 75 percent of the home suffering from smoke damage.

Investigators say the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the focus is currently on a heater the woman left in the front room. The fire did not threaten any neighboring houses.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department website, seven units responded to the call.

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