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Firefighters nearly struck by falling stairwell in northwest San Antonio apartment, dumpster fire

BEXAR COUNTY (KTSA News) — Several firefighters were nearly injured in a possible arson fire at an apartment complex in northwest San Antonio Thursday.

San Antonio fire chief Charles Hood told San Antonio’s Sports Star the blaze was first reported as two dumpsters being on fire at an apartment complex on Ingram Road near Culebra.  Quickly, another fire broke out at an apartment building.

He told the sports hosts he first learned about the blaze through a call from dispatch while he was at a barber shop when it reached a second alarm.  The nature of the fire immediately made it suspicious.

As the blaze was bring put out, video from News 4 San Antonio showed a staircase collapsing, nearly striking three firefighters two stories below.

 

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“I happened to be at the fire and I happened to hear the stairwell collapse,” Hood told San Antonio’s Sports Star.  “Five feet more to the right and it could have taken those guys’ heads off.”

Hood told reporters the fire may have been started by a recently evicted tenant, who the fire chief described as a person of interest.

As of Thursday evening, Hood told the sports station there were no updates on that person of interest.  No injuries were reported.  Five people were displaced by the fire.



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