Early morning fire in South Side home displaces 2 people

Firefighters believe extension cord sparked fire

SAN ANTONIO – A fire early Tuesday morning has displaced two people from their South Side home.

It broke out around 4:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Crane Avenue.

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San Antonio fire crews were on the scene within minutes and found flames and smoke in a front room.

Firefighters say the fire, which they believe was caused by an extension cord, caused about $60,000 in damage to the home. (KSAT 12 News)

“Thank goodness everybody was out when we got there,” said Battalion Chief Russell Johnson with SAFD. “The neighbors took the residents in and are keeping them out of the weather.”

Thick fog blanketed the area at that time, making it a bit difficult to see outside.

What was inside the home, though, made it tough for firefighters to move.

“The house was very cluttered. We had a hard time getting through and doing the primary search,” Johnson said.

Ultimately, firefighters did not find anyone else inside the home.

Johnson said they had to move furniture and other items out of their way in order to put out the fire.

He said fire investigators had been called to the scene to look for the cause.

However, fire crews had their suspicions.

Johnson said the woman who lived in the home told crews she heard a popping noise, then noticed flames coming from the sofa.

“We believe it’s going to be electrical. The (resident) thinks it’s electrical,” he said. “She had an extension cord under the couch.”

Although neighbors immediately took in the people who lived in the home, Johnson said he expected them to get additional help from the American Red Cross.

About the Authors

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina 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. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

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.

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