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Elderly homeowner suffers smoke inhalation after home destroyed by fire

Arson investigators still searching for cause of fire

SAN ANTONIO – Fanned by gusty winds, a fast-moving fire destroyed a single-story home on the city’s North Side early Saturday morning.

The flames came to life at around 3 a.m. at the home in the 2700 block of Moss Oak Drive.

Neighbors say their first concern was whether the elderly woman, who lived in the home alone, managed to get out safely.

“When I came out, I didn’t know whether she had or not,” said Eric Barth, who lives next door. “But EMS people had her.”

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She was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation but is expected to recover.

Barth said he was also concerned for his home next door.

“With the wind still blowing kinda that direction, I was worried about the thing spreading,” he said. “The roof was burning pretty well and it was moving towards our house.”

He praised firefighters for their fast work, which may have kept the fire from spreading to nearby homes.

A firefighter suffered back injuries fighting the stubborn blaze, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Arson investigators were investigating Saturday to determine what caused the fire.


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