Family believes space heater played role in deadly house fire
SAN ANTONIO – Family members of a woman who was killed when a fire swept through her East Side home say they suspect a space heater may have played a role in the fire. The woman, who the Bexar County Medical Examiner identified as Maria Trevino, 68, had to be pulled from the home by San Antonio firefighters. Woman killed after fire sweeps through East Side homeRelatives say Trevino’s son had tried twice to enter the home to save her but was unsuccessful. AdThe family members say they believe a space heater being used in a different room played a role in the fire, which then trapped Trevino in her bedroom. They say the fire also caused damage to a home next door, displacing the family who lives there.
Couple woke up to fire in their West Side home, firefighters say
SAN ANTONIO – A fire in a West Side home early Monday morning gave a man and woman a close call with danger. San Antonio firefighters say the entire front side of the home, located in the 400 block of Brandywine Avenue, went up in flames shortly before 6:30 a.m.“The occupants stated that they just woke up to fire and smoke in the house,” said Capt. Landon Digby with the San Antonio Fire Department. (KSAT)With their front door blocked by flames, they told firefighters they had only one way out. AdIt ended with the home in shambles, and the couple out on the street.
Multiple problems plague San Antonio fire crews, keep them running 36 hours straight
SAN ANTONIO – An overnight fire in a duplex on the city’s Northwest side was only the latest call in a string of non-stop action for one set of San Antonio firefighters. When they got the call after 2 a.m. Thursday, they already had been running for about 36 hours straight on everything from fires to flooding caused by broken pipes. Fire crews, working for 36 hours straight, handled a number of house fires that started in a fireplace. “There (have) been a lot of these fires,” Philipp said. While there are widespread water outages in the city, firefighters were able to tap into a working fire hydrant on that street.
Dozens find shelter from the cold inside convention center in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – A place known for hosting meetings became the spot for heating and a shelter from the cold for dozens of San Antonio residents whose homes are without electricity due to the wintry weather. The city of San Antonio opened up the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Tuesday night to use it as a warming shelter. The convention center will remain open Wednesday, city officials said. Anthony Grey was one of the 220 people who showed up at the convention center, hoping to escape a harsh reality at home. Laura Mayes, a spokeswoman for the city, said the warming center will remain open throughout the day Wednesday.
Duplex fire forces 8 people, cat, out into cold weather
SAN ANTONIO – Members of two families are trying to recover from a fire that destroyed the duplex they called home. The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Friday, forcing eight people and a pet cat outdoors into frigid temperatures. Bexar County firefighters say one resident had called them after noticing smoke in a garage in the 6600 block of Montgomery Drive. “Shortly after we arrived, the flames broke through the roof,” said Chief Robert Hogan with Bexar County Emergency Services District, #10. However, because of the strong winds, Hogan says they were fighting a losing battled.
Have you seen this person? San Antonio police need your help finding this robbery suspect
San Antonio police need your help finding this robbery suspectSAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police need the public’s help to find a 21-year-old robbery suspect who pretended to buy a cellphone from the victim. Police say the victim met the female suspect to sell a cellphone on Dec. 14, 2020, at the Valero in the 1000 block of Castroville Road. While the suspect was looking at the phone, she jumped into her vehicle and drove off. The victim was injured trying to get the phone back during the exchange. Crime Stoppers may pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Bikers were racing before deadly Loop 410 crash involving 18-wheeler, SAPD says
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Two motorcyclists involved in a deadly crash that also caused an 18-wheeler to overturn were racing just before it happened, San Antonio police said. One of the bikers, a 30-year-old man, was killed in the crash on Loop 410 South between Interstate 37 and W.W. White Road late Monday night. It does not appear the big rig driver suffered serious injuries. According to one worker who was called to unload the big rig’s cargo, the truck was carrying a load of cacti. At one point, Loop 410 was shut down in both directions in that area.
Fire marshal suspects heater caused fire in East Bexar County storage facility
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Fire Marshal is blaming a heater for a fire that damaged several units at a commercial storage facility. It caused damage to as many as six units at the business, located on Highway 87 East near Stuart Road. Fire trucks lined the highway in front of the business as firefighters worked to put out the flames. Wednesday morning, some of the renters of the burned storage units returned to sort through the debris. However, a report from the fire marshal said there were six units as well as several vehicles that were damaged.
Arson investigators looking for cause of fire in suspected hoarder house
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Arson investigators are trying to figure out how a house packed tight with furniture and other items went up in flames just south of downtown San Antonio early Tuesday. Fire in suspected hoarder house presents challenge for firefightersThey told KSAT12 that they did not seen anyone inside or near the burning home at the time. “The house is supposed to be vacant and it’s got tons and tons of stuff in it. It’s like a hoarder house,” said Battalion Chief Russell Johnson with the San Antonio Fire Department. After a fire investigations team had a chance to assess the fire, they called for an arson team to find out what caused it.
San Antonians ready to say goodbye to 2020 and all its problems
SAN ANTONIO – This may be the season for gift-giving, but many people are fed up with what 2020 has had to offer. But I don’t want to be negative, there were a lot of good positive things that came out of it,” said Ann Newman. “It’s not been a good year but I’m afraid to say anything ‘cause 2021 can say, ‘Hold my beer,” said Dawn Rodarte, joking. We just bought a new truck.”Rodarte, meanwhile, had advice for anyone else who is hoping for good luck next year. ‘Make sure you eat all your black-eyed peas, whether you like them or not,” she said, laughing.
Firefighters dodge danger from live ammunition inside burning home in Olmos Park
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Flames and smoke were only part of the concern for firefighters as they battled a fire in a home in Olmos Park Wednesday morning. Soon after crews arrived in the 100 block of Paloma Drive around 8 a.m., it became clear they also had to worry about live ammunition inside the home. As you know it’s pretty popular and common for residents to have ammunition,” said Chief Michael Goodreau with the Olmos Park Fire Department. (KSAT 12 News)Alamo Heights firefighters assisted Olmos Park with the use of a ladder truck, and crews from Terrell Hills helped out on the ground. They arrived later and stood by watching helplessly as firefighters struggled with flames that, for about an hour, refused to die.
Early morning fire destroys minivan, damages mobile home
SAN ANTONIO – Fire swept through part of a crowded yard just northwest of downtown Tuesday morning, destroying a minivan and damaging a mobile home. Van fire damages vacant mobile home, trailer just northwest of downtownFirefighters continue battling hot spots after knocking down most of the flames. The new unit, which went online this past Saturday, was designed to take some of the workload off arson investigators. The ten member team will be looking into the causes of non-criminal fires, as well as working with other units within the San Antonio Fire Department. The investigators spent the majority of their time at this scene, carefully searching the area in and around the minivan.
San Antonio Fire Department set to unveil new investigative unit
SAN ANTONIO – A call crackles over a two-way radio with an announcement that normally would get multiple fire trucks rolling. Instead, the dispatch, about a house fire with victims trapped inside, is only a drill meant to get the attention of a brand new investigative team with the San Antonio Fire Department. The recent drill capped off weeks of training, that included the team members becoming state-certified fire investigators. Team members will have to document the scenes with photos. Preventing fires is the main goal, Arrington said, and with the new investigative team, that may be within reach.
San Antonio man arrested again on federal drug charges had prison sentence reduced by Obama
Hilario Nieto, 41, who once had his federal prison sentence commuted by President Barack Obama, was arrested, along with seven others, on federal drug trafficking charges, according to the Department of Justice. In 2004, Nieto was sentenced to 248 months in federal prison on drug charges in the Western District of Texas. Scheduled to be released in 2021, President Barack Obama commuted Nieto’s sentence in 2016. “It is truly appalling that a man whose sentence the President previously commuted chose to flout that generous gift after being released from federal prison by resuming gang-related drug dealing in the San Antonio community,” said U.S. Attorney Sofer. If convicted, the defendants are looking at anywhere between 10 years to a lifetime in prison, according to authorities.
San Antonio father and son arrested for defrauding investors, federal officials say
SAN ANTONIO – A father and son were arrested and charged in connection with an alleged Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $800,000, according to U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the San Antonio division. Earl Roberts Sr., 76, and Larry Roberts, 50, were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and two counts of mail fraud. According to court reports, the duo owned and operated a company “engaged in the business of ‘factoring’ invoices and receivables from other companies.”Their business ceased operations in December 2016 but continued to solicit investor funds until February 2018, according to authorities. Reports said that “investors were told that their money would only be used to factor receivables when in fact the defendants used investor funds to pay withdrawals and interest payments to previous investors.”The San Antonio residents were arrested Monday without incident, and they have both been released on bond, according to reports.
Coronavirus pandemic could leave some people out in the freezing cold
WATCH: Churches, organizations work together to shelter homeless as temperatures drop“It’s cold,” Balenger said. Homeless man tells story of forced eviction from downtown tent cityThe term, “at capacity” has a new meaning in these days of the coronavirus pandemic. Even in this cold weather emergency, some people could be out in the cold. KSAT 12 News also reach out to Haven for Hope about its cold weather emergency shelter plans. A spokesman was not able to offer details right away on how the pandemic might impact the shelter.
Teen battling cancer encouraging San Antonio to donate to pediatric patients
Teen battling cancer encouraging San Antonio to donate to pediatric patientsPublished: November 18, 2020, 10:31 pmA San Antonio teen battling cancer is putting his battle aside and working to bring a smile to pediatric patients by hosting a toy drive.