1 person killed, dozens evacuated after fire at high-rise apartment building downtown

Fire was called in around 1:40 a.m. in 320 block of North Flores Street

SAN ANTONIO – One person is dead and roughly 30 people were evacuated following a fire at an apartment complex downtown early Tuesday morning, according to the San Antonio Fire Department.

The fire happened around 1:40 a.m. at the Villa Hermosa apartments in the 300 block of North Flores Street, not far from West Travis Street.

Firefighters said when they arrived, they found smoke and flames showing from the third floor of the five-story apartment complex. They were able to put the fire out quickly.

During the evacuation of the building, one person was found suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to an area hospital. The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said that person later died. The person killed has not been identified.

Arson investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the fire. There were no other reported injuries.

Damage to the apartment building is estimated at around $30,000.

The San Antonio Fire Department, the San Antonio Police Department and EMS all responded to the call.

According to San Antonio Fire Department website, as many as 40 units were at the scene.

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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.