‘We just heard, like, a loud bomb,' resident says after massive apartment complex fire

SAFD says all 25 displaced residents are safe and accounted for

‘We just heard, like, a loud bomb,' resident says after massive apartment fire

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Twenty five residents were displaced after a two-alarm apartment complex fire on the city’s Northwest Side Friday night.

According to SAFD, all of the displaced residents are safe and accounted for. The fire broke out at the Altitude Apartments in the 5000 block of Fredericksburg Road.

Georgina Voght, a resident at Altitude Apartments, said she lives on the third floor of the building and described hearing a loud sound before she and and her family escaped.

“We just heard, like, a loud bomb — like, it sounded like a crazy firework went off,” she said.

Fire officials say 12 units were in the building that was completely engulfed in flames, which is a total loss. The fire started on the third floor of the building, officials said.

The Red Cross was on scene Friday night, assisting the residents that were affected.

Voght said despite losing belongings, she was grateful to see her family and neighbors were safe.

“Everything else here is just materialistic. Life itself is what’s more important,” Voght said.

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San Antonio Fire Department crews are battling a 2-alarm fire at an apartment complex on the city’s Northwest Side.

The fire was reported in the 5000 block of Fredericksburg Road at the Altitude Apartments.

Altitude Apartments fire on Fredericksburg Road (KSAT)

Crews reported heavy involvement and fast-moving flames.

SAFD says 12 units were in the building that was completely engulfed in flames, which is a total loss. The fire started on the third floor, officials said.

Crews are still working to account for all the residents, but no injuries have been reported so far, according to officials.

Officials say it’s still too early to provide a cause for the fire.

SAFD said the building next to the one on fire had some damage.

Crews have put out most of the flames and are expected to remain at the scene throughout the night.

SAFD says this is the seventh fire crews have battled on Friday.

Officials say the American Red Cross is helping the families who have been displaced.

KSAT will update this story with any new developments.


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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and KSAT.com includes breaking news, COVID-19 coverage, personal finance stories on the "Money: It's Personal" series, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" series.

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.