Investigators working to determine cause of fire that damaged 3 buildings

Fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. in 900 block of Capitol Ave.

By Ben Spicer - Web Producer, Max Massey - Reporter/Anchor

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio firefighters are working to determine the cause of a fire that damaged three buildings overnight.

The fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Capitol Avenue.

Firefighters said when they arrived they found heavy smoke and flames.

"Our first company they reported they could see fire from the highway in heavy volume, so we knew we had something going," battalion chief Stephen Rustic said.

The cause of the fire is not currently known. Arson investigators have been called to help determine the fire's origin. 

"They were able to get an all-clear to a search and make sure no one was inside. Shortly after we went defensive, and hit it from the outside with as much water as we could," Rustic said.

Fire officials said two of the buildings are now considered a total loss.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department's website, as many as 14 units originally answered the call.

Damage is estimated at more than $100,000, Rustic said.

A cause remains under investigation.

"It wasn't a purposeful fire per the investigation but there still looking into the exact cost but but what information they have so far is that it was an accidental fire."

There were no reports of injuries.

 

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