8 families displaced by fire that destroyed NW Side apartment building

Possibly caused by ‘human involvement,’ investigators say

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio fire investigators say they “haven’t ruled out human involvement” in a fire that destroyed an apartment building in the Medical Center area.

The fire, which broke out after 12 a.m. Monday, displaced eight families who lived there.

Flames already were coming through the roof when fire crews began arriving in the 2500 block of Babcock Road.

They say it appears the fire started in a ground floor unit at the Residences at Medical Apartments, then spread into the attic.

Some people who lived in the building say they never heard smoke detectors or smoke alarms go off.

Instead, they say they woke up due to the smell of smoke.

Everyone was able to get out of their apartments on their own, and there were no injuries reported, firefighters said.

They said the American Red Cross would be providing assistance for the displaced families.

However, as of about 7 a.m., several people sitting in cars and on curbs in the parking lot told KSAT12 they had not received any help and had nowhere to go.

One man said he lost everything, including his cell phone, so he had no way to contact family members.

It is unclear what assistance, if any, the apartment complex’s management is providing.

Arson investigators are still looking for the exact cause of the fire.

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.

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.