San Antonio fire crews face water challenges during house fire that left man with burns

Victim’s home, 2 others damaged by flames, smoke

A huge fire that erupted in an East Side neighborhood and left a man with burns presented challenges to San Antonio firefighters that went beyond just the flames and smoke.

SAN ANTONIO – A huge fire that erupted in an East Side neighborhood and left a man with burns presented challenges to San Antonio firefighters that went beyond just the flames and smoke.

Man rescued by firefighters as massive fire damages 3 homes on East Side

The crews began arriving in the 1900 block of Nolan Street before 6 a.m. Thursday.

Firefighters managed to maneuver ladder truck into place and use it to douse flames from above. (KSAT 12 News)

Firefighters immediately noticed flames shooting through the roof of one residence and threatening others around it.

However, they had trouble accessing the hydrants and getting enough water right away.

“We had big problem with crowd control,” said Battalion Chief Connie Hall with SAFD. “We had a big problem with people blocking the street. It was very difficult for the other engine companies to come in and get the supply lines.

Firefighters say flames broke out in the blue house, then spread to a home next door and duplex behind it. (KSAT 12 News)

Due to the delay, the fire was able to spread from the home where it started to a house next door and a duplex behind it, Hall said.

Firefighters quickly realized, though, that there was more than those homes at stake.

Neighbors told them there was a man trapped inside the home where the fire started

“The guys got in there and got him out, which is pretty terrifying,” Hall said, speaking of how firefighters had to enter the burning building.

The man suffered burns and was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

Six people were in the home next door and escaped uninjured along with their two dogs, according to a relative.

It’s unclear how many people were living in the duplex behind those homes that also caught fire.

However, Hall said as many as 10 people in all were displaced.

Man hospitalized, dog dies after being pulled from burning Southeast Side home

This was the third rescue this week for this particular group of firefighters, according to Hall.

They also pulled a man from his burning home on Lakefront Drive on Wednesday morning.

According to Chief Charles Hood, the fire was started by something that was left cooking on a stove.

The 86-year-old man was treated at a hospital for burns and possible smoke inhalation.

Another man was injured in an explosion and fire in the 1700 block of E. Highland.

Neighbors describe rescue of man from fire, explosion in Southeast Side home

In that case, neighbors helped to pull the man out of his home.

Fire investigators said it appears a problem with a gas line started that fire.

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of the latest fire that damaged the three homes on Nolan Street.


About the Authors:

Katrina Webber 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.

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.