Fire in northeast San Antonio forces homeowner into freezing cold

Fire damages home on Heidelberg Street, no injuries reported

Author: RJ Marquez, Web Editor, rmarquez@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 07 2014 08:11:57 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 07 2014 06:21:40 PM CST
Fire in Northeast San Antonio forces homeowner into freezing cold
SAN ANTONIO -

A northeast side man was forced into the cold early Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at his home.

San Antonio firefighters responded to the fire around 1 a.m. at the home in the 9600 block of Heidelberg Street near Randolph Boulevard and Weidner Road.

Fire officials said the home was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival, and it took them nearly an hour to put out the fire.

The homeowner was able to get out safely and stayed warm inside an SAPD patrol car as temperatures dipped into the low 20s.

"I noticed a lot of the guys when they came out of the structure actually had ice caked on the outside of their bunker gear, their firefighting coats and pants that they're wearing inside, ice on some of their breathing air packs," said San Antonio fire Capt. Chuck Anz. "While we were working, it was not bad, because the fire was warm, and they were in there working up a sweat, but once they came out, we did have our rehab bus on scene."

SAFD officials had a rehab bus on standby all night to keep crews warm.

The arson unit was called to investigate a cause, but the fire was not believed to be suspicious.

Firefighters said it appeared to have started in the kitchen. No injuries were reported and damage estimates were unknown Tuesday morning, but the second floor of the home was considered a total loss.

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