Fire destroys 30 condos in San Antonio complex

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by Jenny Suniga / KENS 5

khou.com

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio firefighters remain on the scene where a massive fire destroyed dozens of condos on the northwest side.

Several people were left homeless after the fire ripped through the condominium complex in the Medical Center on Thursday.

A firefighter is also recovering in the hospital after he fell nearly 20 feet while trying to rescue a resident.

The fire started just before 2 p.m. Thursday at the Castlewood Condos in the 4100 block of Medical Drive. Within minutes, several units on the third floor of a building were completely engulfed in flames.

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze for hours.

More than 30 units were destroyed leaving dozens of people displaced. Amazingly, all residents were evacuated safely, including a disabled man that needed help for his third-floor unit.

One firefighter was injured when he fell 20 feet from a ladder. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Firefighters managed to save some pets, bu the majority of the building and the residents' belongings were destroyed.

"We start over. I mean, we just do the best we can do," said resident Debbie Rangcapan. "We've got ourselves, and it's all material stuff, so..."

Sadly, many of the people living in the complex owned their condo and did not have insurance.

Overnight, residents were put up in a nearby hotel and the Red Cross an Salvation Army are helping supply them with necessities.

Authorities said there was so much dense black smoke that they closed down Medical Drive from Fredericksburg Road to I-10 until around 3 a.m. Friday.

Friday morning, two fire crews continue monitoring for hot spots. They work in two-hour shifts. About every half hour, firefighters make the rounds armed with flashlights watching closely for flare-ups. They''ll remain at the site at least through the morning hours until Arson investigators can determine the cause the destructive inferno.




 

 



 

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