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Piñata store fire that caused $1M in damage labeled suspicious

Cuevas Piñatas now subject of arson investigation

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A fire that caused heavy damage to a West Side piñata store Tuesday night is being called suspicious by the San Antonio Fire Department.

Woody Woodward, a public information officer for SAFD, says there is a very active arson investigation underway surrounding the fire at Cuevas Pinatas.

He said arson investigators found several points of ignition at the business, located in the 1300 block of Culebra Road.

The fire department received numerous calls about the fire, which broke out shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and sent up a lot of smoke in the area.

They were able to knock down the fire, but not before it burned all of the contents inside the building.

Investigators estimate the damage at about $1 million.

Firefighters kept watch over the shop throughout the night and, at least part of, Wednesday morning.

Woodward said the contents are highly flammable and that firefighters would remain at the scene until there was no longer a risk of it sparking up again.

According to a Facebook post by its owner, Cuevas Pinatas has been in business about 30 years.

Cynthia Cuevas shared news of the fire and included a link to KSAT 12’s story about it on that Facebook page.

She said although she has “lost her savings account,” she has no plans to retire.

There was no mention of what customers should do if their orders were lost in the fire.

KSAT 12 News reached out to her through email but she did not respond.


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