Wheelchair-bound man dies after suffering burns in Southeast Side house fire

Victim suffered second and third-degree burns, SAFD says

SAN ANTONIO – A 68-year-old man died after a house fire Tuesday morning on the Southeast Side.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department, when firefighters arrived at a home in the 2700 block of Christian Drive on Tuesday around 11:30 a.m., they encountered heavy smoke in the front of the home and flames in the kitchen.

They found the victim, who uses a wheelchair to get around, in the kitchen. He suffered second and third-degree burns, officials said. He was formerly transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Later on Tuesday, the Bexar County Medical Examiner confirmed that the man died from his injuries inflicted in the fire.

A fire extinguisher was found next to the man at the scene; officials suspect he may have tried to use it to put out the fire.

The victim’s son told KSAT that his father had a leg amputated and used a motor scooter to get around.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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