Medical examiner IDs man who died in house fire

Couple's son detained by firefighters when he tried to run into burning home

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SAN ANTONIO – A 69-year-old man killed in a house fire early Monday has been identified by the Bexar County medical examiner as Javier Rendon Sanchez.

Authorities said they saw huge flames and smoke pouring out of the windows of a home in the 100 block of Lemur Drive. Sanchez and his wife were inside the home when the fire started, firefighters said.

Sanchez's wife was able to escape with the help of firefighters. She was transported to University Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Sanchez wasn't able to get out, and by the time firefighters got to him, he had died, fire officials said. The medical examiner said Sanchez died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

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The couple's son attempted to run inside the house, but he was detained before he was able to do so, fire officials said.

Authorities believe the fire was accidental, but because damage prevented firefighters from pinpointing the exact cause, the cause of the fire will be classified as undetermined.

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