Arson investigators called after fire at East Side home, SAFD says

More crews were called because of the humidity and heat

Arson investigators were called to a home east of downtown San Antonio on Thursday morning after the flames were deemed suspicious.
Arson investigators were called to a home east of downtown San Antonio on Thursday morning after the flames were deemed suspicious.

SAN ANTONIO – Arson investigators were called to a home east of downtown San Antonio on Thursday morning after the flames were deemed suspicious.

A family reported the fire around 8:35 a.m. in the 300 block of Olive Street, not far from Wyoming Street and South Hackberry.

The fire started outside and made its way up to the attic, according to the San Antonio Fire Department. Crews extinguished the flames within minutes and no one was injured.

Danny Garcia told KSAT that he was at the home with his aunt and two cousins when he woke up to the smell of smoke. He opened the front door to find a bag burning on the porch.

He tried to extinguish the flames, he said, but the situation went from bad to worse.

“I go to the kitchen, I throw some water on it, and when I throw the water on it, it (exploded). It (went) up against the wall, it (went) up on the ceiling and caught me in the arm a little bit,” he said.

Additional crews were on standby because of the humidity and heat.

The estimated cost of damage and the exact cause are unknown at this time. The family will be assisted by the American Red Cross, according to SAFD.

There is no visible fire damage on the outside of the home.

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