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Ashler Oaks Apartments resident: 'The flames were, like, huge'

68-year-old woman killed, 2 injured in Monday night fire on Parkdale Street

SAN ANTONIO – Karen Salazar was giving her grandchild a bath when her daughter alerted her to a fiery danger.

"She said, 'Mom, get the baby. Let's go!' and we ran outside," said Salazar, a resident at Ashler Oaks Apartments, where a 68-year-old woman was killed and two people were injured Monday night in a massive fire. "As soon as I did, there was other people outside. And the flames were, like, huge. You could hear the breaking of the glass and everything."

Salazar said the flames came out of nowhere.

"It literally went from zero to boom!" she said.

Fire officials responded around 10 p.m. to the Northwest Side apartment complex in the 4100 block of Parkdale Street and aggressively fought the fire. But they ran into a big problem.

"We had a flash over," said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood. "As crews were attempting to go into a window on the second floor, they put a latter up, broke the window, making entry and saw the (deceased) victim on the bed. The room flashed on them. We were unable to get in, unfortunately."

Hood said there were reports of residents dangling and jumping out of windows.

"We did have another victim jump out of a window," he said.

About 10 people were displaced by the fire and four units were destroyed.

Arson investigators are looking into what caused the fire.


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