Fire marshal: Fatal Leon Valley fire intentionally set

Arson unit investigates fire that killed Chanelle Reyes, 31


SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Fire Marshal has determined an apartment fire that claimed the life of a woman in Leon Valley was intentionally set.

The fire broke out in the early morning hours of July 5 at the Forest Oaks Apartments in the 6300 block of Evers Road.

Chanelle Reyes, 31, was severely burned and died at San Antonio Military Medical Center as a result of her injuries.

The fire has been the subject of an ongoing KSAT Defenders investigation after concerns were raised about response time by emergency personnel.

The Leon Valley Fire Department did not dispatch its own ambulance that morning.

A dispatcher called a private EMS company, Acadian, nine minutes after firefghters requested medical assistance.   

The State Fire Marshal and the Leon Valley city manager both responded to KSAT's investigation. (You can read their reponses by clicking on the links below.)

The Bexar County Arson Unit continues to investigate who may have started the deadly fire and a possible motive.

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