Security gates slow down fire crews working to put out fire at 2 businesses

Arena Food Mart, Anthony’s Chicken destroyed

San Antonio fire crews who arrived to put out a fire inside two East Side businesses overnight were slowed down by security gates.
San Antonio fire crews who arrived to put out a fire inside two East Side businesses overnight were slowed down by security gates.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio fire crews who arrived to put out a fire inside two East Side businesses overnight were slowed down by security gates.

They say it took about 20-30 minutes to saw through the heavy metal that covered windows and doors, just to be able to see what they were facing.

Firefighters ultimately found flames and smoke coming from the building, located at the corner of E. Commerce and Walters, when they arrived shortly after 2 a.m.

It housed Arena Food Mart and Anthony’s Chicken, which both were destroyed.

Fire investigators say it appears an electrical problem that caused the fire.

A woman who identified herself as the owner of the business told KSAT12 that a contractor had been working on the air conditioning unit as well as other electrical issues all day Sunday.

Both businesses were closed when the fire broke out and there were no injuries report.


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.