Man found dead in fire at Southeast Side duplex identified

Victim was found on his couch at a home in the 4400 block of Meeks Avenue

SAN ANTONIOUpdate (Saturday, 4:42 pm):

The Bexar County Medical Examiner has identified a man who was killed in a duplex fire on the Southeast Side last month.

Alvin Thomas Pawlik, 67, was found dead on a couch inside the duplex by the San Antonio Fire Department. while responding to the fire call.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Original: A man was found dead Monday afternoon inside a duplex on the Southeast Side, according to San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood.

San Antonio firefighters responded to the duplex in the 4400 block of Meeks Avenue around 3 p.m., Oct. 30, when they found the victim dead on a couch.

There were signs the man was disabled, Hood said. A motorized wheelchair was found near the couch and a ramp led to the front door.

Officials are unsure what caused the fire but observed a fair amount of smoke damage in the home. Hood said there were cigarettes and other smoking materials near the couch.

Firefighters could not locate a smoke detector in the home.

Hood stated that SAFD would check with neighbors in the area to ensure their smoke detectors are working.

The man’s age and cause of death are unknown at this time.

No other injuries or damage to the duplex next door were reported, Hood said.

Hear from San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood in the video player below:

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