54ºF

SAFD investigating 2 overnight fires

Vacant apartment, empty home go up in flames


SAN ANTONIO – Arson investigators with the San Antonio Fire Department were called to two separate overnight fires.

San Antonio firefighters responded to a fire Monday morning at a home where a teenage girl died over the weekend.

Fire crews were called to a single-story home in the 400 block of Cactus Street around 4:15 a.m.

"It looked like a big ball of fire," said Aaron Rodgriguez, who lives on the street. "When I came outside, it was already ... engulfed in flames. The fire trucks were here. I seen it through my window."

Officials said no one was home when they arrived to fight the fire, but there were reports of a woman and small child who live there.

Officials said the fire appeared to have started in a back corner of the home, but the home did not have working utilities.

Next door neighbor Jose Cesario Morga said he thought someone was sleeping in the home the night before, because he often sees boys come in and out, and said kids sometimes sleep in the home, especially when the woman who lives there is away.

He also said the woman who lives in the home was only there on occasion, and used his water hose to get water.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to KSAT an 18-year-old woman died at the same home on Sunday from cardiac arrest. It was unknown Monday morning if the incidents were connected.

The arson unit is investigating the fire and officials said damage to the home was estimated at $68,000.

Vacant apartment filled with furniture burns

Arson investigators also responded to an apartment fire in the 800 block of Basse Road.

Flames broke out inside a vacant apartment at the Olmos Club Apartments around 10:15 p.m.

Fire officials said the apartment was being used as storage and filled with furniture and mattresses left behind by tenants who had moved out.

Fire officials said it appeared as if someone broke a window to the apartment, then set fire to the furniture inside.

Smoke filled the apartment building and forced residents to evacuate. The family who lives above the burned unit was also displaced by the fire, officials said.

Damages were estimated at $10,000 and the cause of the fire was an ongoing investigation.