Man dies after being pulled from mobile home fire on South Side, officials say

The cause of the fire is still under investigation

SAN ANTONIO – A man is dead after San Antonio firefighters said they removed him from a mobile home after it caught fire on the South Side.

The fire happened around 4:45 p.m., Sunday, in the 7000 block of South Flores Street.

Firefighters said they were initially called to a fire at a nearby apartment complex. However, when crews arrived, they couldn’t find an active fire.

That is, until they looked across a fence and saw a mobile home with smoke coming out of it, according to SAFD.

San Antonio fire battalion Chief 2 Russell Johnson said there weren’t many flames and the fire was put out quickly, but the entire travel trailer was filled in thick, dark smoke.

Firefighters searched the inside of the mobile home and found a man on the ground by the door.

The man, who was handicapped, was removed from the home but pronounced dead at the scene. His identity and age have not been released.

Neighbors who witnessed everything unfold saw firefighters pull the elderly man out of the trailer.

“It was very hard to see him, they laid him on the ground and they tried to work with him but they couldn’t do (anything) for him,” said a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.

The neighbor said the elderly man lived in the trailer with his son, who was not home and was at work during the time of the fire.

The son later arrived at the scene, according to neighbors.

“He was like very heartbroken, like crying, like broken down, just sat on the ground, he was sad, his father’s gone,” a neighbor said.

According to Johnson, arson investigators are looking into the cause of the fire but right now foul play is not suspected.

No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters have not yet provided damage estimates.

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