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Man suffers burns to face, chest after apartment fire in NW San Antonio

Arson investigating fire on Jackson Keller Road; Investigators say victim possibly burned self

San Antonio police and fire investigators now believe a man may have set himself on fire, instead of someone else, as he initially claimed.

SAN ANTONIO – A man was hospitalized with burns to his face, hands and chest following a fire at a Northwest Side apartment complex early Thursday morning.

San Antonio arson investigators now believe the man set himself on fire inside his apartment in the 2500 block of Jackson Keller Road.

The man initially claimed someone broke into his apartment, doused him in lighter fluid and set him on fire, San Antonio police said.

However, investigators said there were no signs of forced entry at the apartment unit, but they did note the smell of lighter fluid.

Police said the man was obviously intoxicated, and he and his wife kept changing their story.

Neighbors report that the man and his wife have concerned them for some time.

"About a month or a month and a half ago, they had a huge (argument with a lot of) yelling," said Andrea Lozano, who lives in a nearby apartment. "They do drink a lot, but it's just escalated. I just never thought anything would happen like this."

She said neighbors have contemplated calling police, but never had.

"When you hear them, you do get scared at night, because you don't know what's going to happen, especially the way they start yelling and screaming, and they take it outside in the middle over here, and it does get scary at night," Lozano said.

The man who suffered the burns was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Police said he was being treated in the burn unit, however his injuries were not considered life threatening.

Arson investigators said they would continue to look into exactly what happened.

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