Fire starts in construction area at University Hospital in Medical Center

Fire was called in around 5:30 a.m. in 4500 block of Medical Drive

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio firefighters responded to a fire at a construction site near University Hospital in the Medical Center area early Monday morning.

The fire was called in around 5:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Medical Drive, not far from both Wurzbach Road and Fredericksburg Road on the city’s Northwest Side.

According to Woody Woodward, public information officer for the San Antonio Fire Department, workers were demolishing an old walkway and a spark from their torch may have started the fire. Firefighters did a check of the hospital as a precaution, but the fire did not spread to it.

Woodward said there was no need for a damage total because the area was being demolished.

Elizabeth Allen, public relations manager for University Health System, said the fire was only in the construction area and was quickly contained. It did not spread to the hospital or cause any injuries.

Traffic in the area Monday morning slowed due to the fire units. The San Antonio Fire Department website said as many as 28 units originally answered the call.

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