At around 10:00 last night, the San Antonio fire department received multiple calls from the Asher Oaks apartment complex on the Northwest Side. Fire officials described seeing large flames on the second and third floor of the 12-unit building as they arrived less than 10 minutes later. They reportedly also saw people hanging out of the windows at the back of the building attempting to escape.
Firefighters attempted to rescue a woman who was on her bed in her second-story apartment, but immediately after they broke the window, there was "a large flash" preventing them from entering the room. As a result, the woman was killed. She was the only fatality from the night thus far, but the fire has also left two injured and others displaced.
Occupant Injured Escaping the Fire & 10 Others Left Homeless
Another person was hospitalized in "priority one" condition after jumping from their window to escape the flames. A third occupant was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, including both cuts and burns. Though presumably uninjured, the fire has left eight adults and two children without homes. The fire department is working with apartment managers to find them shelter.
Despite "aggressive" efforts to extinguish the flames, the firefighters had limited access to the fire. At least 4 of the 12 apartments have been destroyed by the fire. Fire officials are investigating the fire, but reportedly they're still not sure where it originated.
Our San Antonio apartment fire lawyers hope for a full recovery for the two hospitalized occupants—and our hearts go out to the family of the woman who was killed in last night's fire. We're sure the arson team's investigation will yield answers soon.