3 homes damaged after man alerts neighbors to fire

A family is picking up the pieces after their Guadalupe home was destroyed.

Several other homes were damaged in the fire.

"At least I save everybody here; I'm happy everyone is safe," said Carmelo Bustillos.

Carmelo Bustillos has asthma, so when he smelled the smoke he went outside to see what was going on.

"I came over here and started waking everyone up because the house was on fire," said Bustillos.

He saw the telephone pole on fire, and it was quickly spreading. He started knocking on his neighbor's doors, helping them get out to safety.

"They went in the back of their house to get all their dogs out, they took all their dogs out, and then my neighbor, I took her out of the house, and my niece and they were all happy," he said.

The fire started on the overhead power poles. Firefighters had to wait for SRP to turn the power off before they could fight the fire safely.

"It did go up the telephone pole, and did affect some wires, which is why initially we had a hard time getting to it," said Guadalupe Fire Captain Alan Romania.

A total of three homes were damaged; nobody was hurt.

"Yeah, I feel like a hero," said Bustillos.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, right now deputies don't think it was suspicious.
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