Arson suspected in early morning house fire

Fire crews called out twice to same vacant home

SAN ANTONIO – By late Wednesday morning, the vacant home on Readwell Street on the East Side still stood intact, but fire had gutted the inside.

Neighbors saw flames and smoke shooting from the home at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. They said the block was lit up by emergency vehicles.

"Early in the morning, they had the whole street blocked off," said Ramiro Landa, who lives a few houses down.

Landa said that wasn't the only time firefighters were at the home in the last 24 hours.

Fire crews were also called out to the house Tuesday evening. They found the backyard on fire with a trail of flames leading up to a gasoline can.

"I saw when they came the first time and they were here for a while," Landa said.

Fire crews were there investigating for signs of arson. Fire investigators said they believe gasoline was poured in the house as well and that both fires were no accident. They say the last homeowners had recently moved out, and no one was inside at the time.

Still, Landa said it's still scary to think someone set the fire intentionally.

"People do live next door so that's kind of dangerous. People live across the street," he said.

As of Wednesday, no arrests had been made.

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