14 adults, 3 children displaced by overnight fire sparked by lightning

Entire building at Villa Rodriguez destroyed

Salado Creek apartment fire image (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Eight families have been displaced from their homes on the Northeast Side due to a fire that broke out overnight as the result of a lightning strike.

San Antonio firefighters say the fire already had a headstart and was burning through the roof of the building at Villa Rodriguez when they arrived after 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The believe lightning hit the building, located in the 3400 block of Salado Creek Drive.

The fire then spread through the roof, destroying or damaging all of the apartments in that building.

Firefighters say there were 14 adults and 3 children who were living in the eight units that were affected.

Most heard either the lightning strike or smoke detectors go off and escaped the fire on their own, firefighters said.

Others, however, slept through it all and were alerted to the fire by firefighters and police officers pounding on their doors.

There were no injuries reported.

Firefighters said the apartment complex planned to offer vacant units to those who have been displaced.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.