Early morning fire destroys minivan, damages mobile home

No injuries reported

Fire swept through part of a crowded yard just northwest of downtown Tuesday morning, destroying a minivan and damaging a mobile home.

SAN ANTONIO – Fire swept through part of a crowded yard just northwest of downtown Tuesday morning, destroying a minivan and damaging a mobile home.

Firefighters say no one was inside either when the fire broke out around 5 a.m.

“There was a minivan on fire, fully involved, as well as a lot of privacy fence and it was impinging actually on a trailer home,” said Lt. James Allerkamp with the San Antonio Fire Department.

Van fire damages vacant mobile home, trailer just northwest of downtown

Firefighters continue battling hot spots after knocking down most of the flames. (KSAT 12 News)

Fire crews quickly got to work, fighting through a smoky haze to put out the flames.

Allerkamp says they had some trouble getting equipment through the yard.

“There are trailers, other vehicles,” he said, “so we weren’t really 100 percent sure what all was on fire when we got here.”

Arriving with them were members of a newly-formed team of fire investigators.

The new unit, which went online this past Saturday, was designed to take some of the workload off arson investigators.

The ten member team will be looking into the causes of non-criminal fires, as well as working with other units within the San Antonio Fire Department.

“Before, a lot of time on scene, crews would have to make those decisions themselves and decide do we call arson or not,” said Battalion Chief Wesley West.

The investigators spent the majority of their time at this scene, carefully searching the area in and around the minivan.

However, they are still looking for the exact cause of the fire.


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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.