SAN ANTONIO -

Nine patients of a privately run hospice care facility had to be evacuated after their building in northwest San Antonio caught fire.

About 85 firefighters responded to the fire in the 8100 block of Fredericksburg Road after 10:30 p.m. Thursday and found heavy smoke inside the 3-story building.

They said the fire appeared to have started on the second floor.

However, on the third floor, they had nine hospice care patients who couldn’t get out on their own.

"The evacuations in this case were a little more manpower intensive because all nine patients from my understanding were confined to a bed,” said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Welch with the San Antonio fire Department.

With the help of four employees from the hospice care facility, firefighters evacuated all nine patients safely.

They were taken by private ambulance to a nursing home near Loop 410 and Babcock Road.

There was no word immediately on when the patients would be allowed back inside their regular building.

The building is home to the corporate offices of the Methodist Healthcare System.

A spokeswoman for Methodist said the hospice care facility is run by a different company which leases the space inside the building.

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