71-year-old man severely burned in West Side duplex fire

SAN ANTONIO – A 71-year-old man is in the hospital with severe burns Thursday after his home caught fire.

It happened around 2:25 p.m. in the 900 block of Lombrano Street, near Culebra Road on the city's West Side.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said the man's next-door neighbor rescued him, but that he was still injured with severe burns to 70 percent of his body.

When crews arrived, they found flames shooting out of a duplex.

The 71-year-old man lived in the back part of the duplex and his neighbors in the front of the duplex heard him scream for help.

Cristal Gutierrez said she heard the man scream and she rushed to check on him when she found him on the floor.

She said she didn't even think about what to do, that she just pulled him out of the house.

"I heard some running around and I heard somebody fall," said Gutierrez. "And I looked out the window because I heard a man yell. I saw smoke and as soon as we came out, we saw the man in the kitchen laying down and I called the ambulance and we helped the man out."

Hood said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

"We want to continue to remind people about smoke detectors and any smoking materials," said Hood. "The fire is under investigation at this time."

The man was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition.

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