1 dead, 1 injured, 3 buildings destroyed in South Bexar County fire

70-year-old man killed in fire Wednesday night near Loop 1604, Pleasanton Road

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A massive fire in South Bexar County killed a 70-year-old man, sent his brother to a hospital and destroyed three buildings, fire officials said. 

The fire was reported around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday near Loop 1604 and Pleasanton Road.

When firefighters arrived, they found the fire fully involved, with smoke billowing into the air.

Firefighters and a neighbor searched for the 70-year-old man but were initially unable to locate him. He was eventually found in the back room of a mobile home.

Monnett Arreguin, a neighbor, said she and her husband heard cries for help. Her husband was able to carry a man who relies on a wheelchair to get around to safety, but he couldn't find the man's older brother.

"He tried as best as he could to put out the fire and to find Bobby, but we couldn't," Arreguin said. "(He was) a kind, sweet man. Everyone knows him. He walked around a lot, he played his harmonica."

The huge fire spread to an unoccupied home and a flea market, forcing 45 firefighters to go on the defense.

"It was a flea market and there was a lot of combustibles," said Bexar County ESD 2 Fire Chief Ralph Rodriguez. "They also had some propane tanks that were rupturing and kind of making it difficult for us to combat the fire."

The three structures are considered a total loss. 

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