Arson inve­stigators looking into Gibbs Street fire

East side couple loses everything in house fire

SAN ANTONIO - An East side man and woman in their 60s have been left homeless due to an early morning fire in their Gibbs Street home.


San Antonio firefighters received the first call about the fire around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, and found flames and smoke coming from the home.

According to fire department personnel at the scene, the fire appeared to have started outside, on the back side of the home.

By daylight, it was clear that everything inside had been destroyed. The couple, however, made it out of their rented home safely.

"It's lost. Everything's lost completely,” said Jose Rivas, the brother of the man who actually owns the home. "It's sad to see the whole house gone like that."

Rivas said it was an especially close call for the couple. He said they made it out only because of the actions of their next door neighbor and his dog.

“The dog was barking and he came to look to see what was going on,” Rivas said. He saw it was on fire, so I'm guessing he ran over here to knock on the window to wake them up."

Firefighters called in arson investigators to try to determine the cause of the fire.

As of 11:30 a.m., they had not made a determination.

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