September 26, 2023

2 Rescued from San Antonio House Fire



SAN ANTONIO — According to residents in a northeast San Antonio neighborhood, a father and son were the victims of an early-morning house fire.

The San Antonio Fire Department confirmed the rescue of two family members from the blaze; however, the department did not have specifics on their relationship.

“When units arrived on the scene, we saw smoke coming out of the house,” SAFD Battalion Chief Michael Moore told KENS 5.

Moore said the fire was coming out from the front of the house in the 4800 block of Castle Pine Drive, near Gibbs Sprawl Road.

Firefighters said there were reports that two victims were still trapped inside.

Johnny Barrera tried to retrieve his neighbors before the fire department arrived. He kicked in their door but the heat was too much to bear.

“Nothing but black smoke … we couldn’t get in there,” Barrera said. “We tried our best. It was too hard to get in there.”

SAFD was able to rescue two men from the house. Emergency crews worked hard to revive a 23-year-old man.

Moore said the men suffered from smoke inhalation. One was rushed the hospital; the other man was attended to at the scene before being taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Barrera said he talked with a family member who claimed the blaze was started by a Christmas tree.

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