Authorities ID man killed in house fire on San Antonio’s South Side

The 67-year-old man was found by firefighters near a door

SAN ANTONIO – Authorities have identified a 67-year-old man who died after his South Side home caught on fire Sunday.

Rodger Fetty died of smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 4:45 p.m. Sunday in the 7000 block of South Flores Street.

Fire crews, who did not initially spot the fire, eventually 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 quickly extinguished, but the entire trailer was filled with smoke.

Fetty was found on the ground by a door, Johnson said.

The man, who was handicapped, was removed from the home but pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors said they witnessed firefighters pull the 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.

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