UPDATE 2 p.m.:

San Antonio fire officials have determined the fire to have been caused by a cooking accident.

The fire department said the victim may have been preparing breakfast and left the kitchen area unattended.  They added a fire extending from the cooking area may have started when the man tried to put the original fire out.

Officials said the man may have tried to leave the home, but may have succumbed to the smoke and burn injuries.  He was already dead when firefighters got to the house.

The San Antonio fire department has some tips to prevent a tragedy in your kitchen:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave; close doors behind you when leaving (if possible) to help contain the fire.
  • If you happen to have a grease fire in the kitchen, the last thing you should do is put water on it. Turn the Heat Off – Don’t try to move the pot.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Additional reporting by KTSA’s Dennis Foley.


SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A man has been found dead in a fire at a West Side home.

Flames were shooting through the roof when the first crews arrived at the home on Plainview Drive near NW 36th Street shortly after 6 Thursday morning. The neighborhood is just blocks away from St. Mary’s University.

“We did make entry into the home and we found one male victim who was already deceased,” said Woody Woodward with the San Antonio Fire Department.

No one else was in the home, and arson investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.

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