Medical examiner: William Stull, Christopher Breese, Eddie Lee, Jesse Brooks died in group home fire

4 killed in fire at Amistad Residential Facility on West Norwood

SAN ANTONIO - A fourth person has died as a result of a fire that broke out in a group home Wednesday night.

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The Bexar County Medical Examiner confirmed the man's identification as 23-year-old Jesse Brooks.

The three others who died at the Amistad Residential Facility, which is a home for mentally disabled men, Thursday were identified as 42-year-old William Stull, 38-year-old Christopher Breese and 65-year-old Eddie Lee.

The blaze broke out at 10:30 p.m. at the home just north of downtown. San Antonio fire officials said it appeared to have started in a closet where a fire alarm panel was
located, but an exact cause was undetermined.

State and city investigators are looking into the deadly fire as well. According to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the facility was licensed until September 2010—when their Type-E license was no longer available. A Type-E license was for homes that did not provide substantial assistance for residents, so licensing was not required for the home.

The state cannot sanction unlicensed facilities, but if they fail to cooperate, the cases can be referred to law enforcement.

Since February 2011, San Antonio police have received more than 24 calls regarding the Amistad facility, regarding everything from loud music to missing persons to assaults.

Neighbors also said there were several code compliance issues like a building being added to the back, making the front entrance of the house the only way in and out.


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