2 women injured in SE side house fire

SAFD: Fire at home in 100 block of Heather Avenue may have been inte­ntionally set


SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Fire Department now reports a late-morning house fire Thursday that injured two women may have been intentionally set.

Early on, it was unclear whether the house at 123 Heather was a fire scene or a crime scene.

“We’re treating it as a potential crime scene,” said San Antonio fire Battalion Chief Paul Vidal. “There are some factors I don’t want to get into.”

Vidal said initially, San Antonio police detectives and arson investigators are looking into how and why the fire began.

When firefighters arrived, one of the women was on the front yard and the other was still inside.

“Her roommate was trying to get her out, trying to hit that window on the double doors, and apparently they didn’t break,” said Tecla Kramm, a neighbor across the street who called 911.

She said a San Antonio police officer also had tried to help.  

Vidal said a firefighter finally was able to get in and rescue the woman who had “significant burns.”

However, Vidal said the firefighter had to be treated at the scene for burns to his hands.

“I don’t know if she was able to or couldn’t, but she didn’t come out,” Kramm said.

San Antonio fire spokeswoman Deborah Foster said arson investigators “do not know if there was a criminal element” related to the woman who had been inside the house.

If there is, Foster said the case would be handled by SAPD.

Kramm said, “I just hope the young lady who was taken away by the EMTs is alright. She didn’t look good.”

The conditions of both women, who were both taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center, are unknown.

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