Two-alarm blaze forces evacuation of downtown San Antonio hotel

Building on East Houston catches fire hours after blaze at Broadway building

A two-alarm fire burned another downtown San Antonio building and forced the evacuation of 85 guests staying at the neighboring Hotel Indigo.

San Antonio fire officials said the blaze broke out around 3 a.m. Thursday at a commercial building in the 500 block of East Houston, just a block away from the scene of a massive fire that broke out Wednesday night on Broadway.

"It's a total loss. I'm more concerned about the tenants who lost all their merchandise, and they're just hard-working mom and pops. It's kind of rough for them," Mike Litosky, who owns the building, said.

Despite heavy flames and smoke, firefighters attacked Thursday morning's fire from inside the building, but called for a second alarm to prevent the blaze from spreading to the Hotel Indigo.

At one point, 32 fire units and 70 firefighters were on scene.

"The second alarm was called just to get more resources out here. Obviously, when you've got buildings like this in the downtown area, they're all connected, and so there's obviously some concern that those flames could spread next door," Christian Bove, public information officer with the San Antonio Fire Department, said.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze at around 4:30 a.m, and guests of the Hotel Indigo were slowly let back into their rooms.

"They were very nice. They helped a lot. Everything worked very fine," Thomas Reichmann, who is visiting San Antonio from Austria, said. "I was a little afraid."

San Antonio fire officials do not believe Thursday morning's fire and the Broadway fire are connected. However, a cause for both fires were unknown.

Damage estimates have not been released and no injuries were reported.



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