Fire in former South Side fire station believed to be arson

Woman with smoke inhalation being questioned by investigators

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio arson investigators are trying to find the cause of a fire on familiar ground for firefighters -- a former fire station on the city’s South Side.

Firefighters answered a call about the fire in the 600 block of Gillette Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

They found fire inside what used to be SAFD’s Fire Station #2.

They also found paramedics treating a woman in an ambulance nearby for possible smoke inhalation.

According to Battalion Chief Brad May, she did not suffer any serious injuries nor did she need to be transported to a hospital.

He said there were no firefighters or fire equipment inside the building, and that the fire appears to be suspicious.

The fire department stopped using that site more than a year ago when the station was relocated to a new building.

May would not say what was found inside the building.

The woman who suffered smoke inhalation was questioned by arson investigators but released.

She later told KSAT 12 News that she saw two other people vandalizing the building prior to the fire starting.

The woman said she feel asleep outside, then woke up to the flames and smoke coming from the building.

She said she suffered smoke inhalation when she ran inside, looking for some of her property.

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