Apartment building under construction east of downtown burns to ground

Fire forced evacuation of building next door, SAFD says

SAN ANTONIO – A fire that broke out early Tuesday morning burned down an apartment building that was under construction just east of downtown and forced the evacuation of a building next door.

San Antonio firefighters responded to the corner of Center Street and N. Swiss Street around 3 a.m. and found the fire in full bloom.

It had engulfed the wooden frame of what was going to be a building of loft apartments, according to an artist rendering on the internet.

Firefighters say the building had not had any utilities installed yet.

During the height of the fire, firefighters called for the evacuation of another apartment building next to it.

They say about 20 people left their homes temporarily as a precaution.

Firefighters were concerned that the fire might spread.

However, they were able to stop the flames from spreading and residents were allowed to return home later. There were no injuries reported.

The fire caused some live power lines to fall down and stretch across the street. Crews with CPS Energy quickly shut off electricity and later began working to make repairs.

Arson investigators are working to find the cause of the fire.

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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.

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.