2-alarm fire at Northeast Side strip mall started by maintenance work, fire chief says

Fire called in just before 9 a.m. in 4200 block of Centergate Street

San Antonio firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire on the city’s Northeast Side early Wednesday morning.
San Antonio firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire on the city’s Northeast Side early Wednesday morning.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire on the city’s Northeast Side early Wednesday morning.

The fire was called in just before 9 a.m. at a strip mall containing Hendrick Painting in the 4200 block of Centergate Street, not far from Perrin Beitel Road and Loop 410.

According to San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood, the fire started while someone inside was doing maintenance work for the building. The fire was eventually contained and everyone made it out safely, Hood said.

Fire crews are now taking extra precautions with the fire since it is possible that the paint store could have hazardous materials inside. The fire chief said they are keeping firefighters cool and hydrated due to the hot temperatures and that they will be at the scene for several hours trying to deal with hot spots.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department website, as many as 36 fire units answered the call.

The exact cause of the fire is not currently known. A damage estimate was not given. No one was injured in the fire, Hood said.


About the Authors:

Sarah Acosta is a weekend Good Morning San Antonio anchor and a general assignments reporter at KSAT12. She joined the news team in April 2018 as a morning reporter for GMSA and is a native South Texan.

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