Death toll rises to 4 in major explosion on far Southeast Side, SAFD says

One of the four victims has been identified by the medical examiner

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Fire Department has confirmed four fatalities in the explosion on the far Southeast Side, as of Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened at 11:30 p.m. Friday near K-Bar, a construction company located in the 9700 block of South Presa Street.

“Due to the inclement weather on Saturday night, operations were slowed today. Investigators will resume efforts tomorrow morning at the scene continuing to work to determine a cause/origin,” SAFD said in a statement Sunday.

When firefighters initially arrived, they found evidence of the large explosion and found one person had died at the scene.

On Saturday afternoon, SAFD confirmed a second fatality. By Sunday evening, two other deaths were confirmed.

The medical examiner’s office identified two victims as 36-year-old Roger Huron Jr. and 28-year-old Ashley Autobe. Authorities have also released the ages of the other two victims, one of whom is a 61-year-old man and the other a 57-year-old man.

Aerial footage of the site on Saturday showed crews were still working to clean up the damages.

SAFD is still investigating what caused the explosion.

This is a developing story, and we’ll bring more details as they become available.

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