Body found in aftermath of fire at North Side home identified

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE: The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the person killed in a house fire overnight Saturday as 71-year-old Thomas Strong.


One person was killed after a fire destroyed a home overnight, according to the San Antonio Fire Department.

The body was found while crews were “doing overhaul after the fire was knocked down" at a home in the 5300 block of Howard St., SAFD spokesperson Joe Arrington said.

Officials initially stated no one was injured in the fire that began after midnight on Saturday.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames shooting through the roof, Batallion Chief Will Pritchett said at the scene.

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The fire quickly spread to power lines beside the home, Pritchett said.

“It limited our access,” he said. The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.

Arrington called the fire “intense” as it “forced crews to operate defensively."

Arson investigators were called to the scene.

The identity of the person killed has not yet been released.

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