Residents of a North Side apartment complex in San Antonio were awoken by a three-alarm blaze that tore through their building in the early hours of Sunday, causing them to flee into the cold. The San Antonio Fire Department responded to a fire that erupted around 2:30 a.m. after what was believed to be a cooking mishap at the Sunset Canyon Apartments, according to details from a FOX San Antonio report.
The incident, which took place off Thousand Oaks Drive near Henderson Pass, resulted in the destruction of 10 apartments within the three-story, 12-unit complex. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said, "We had heavy damage to the building," he said, "The fire is under investigation, but it looks like a cooking fire that caused this." Firefighters were forced to employ ladder trucks to combat the heavy flames that were exacerbated by strong wind gusts. A resident was rescued with burn injuries and later transported to the hospital; their conditions have yet to be disclosed, according to the report from FOX San Antonio.
All residents of the affected building have been accounted for, despite being left homeless just two weeks before Christmas. Efforts are currently underway to find temporary accommodations for those impacted by the fire, said Chief Hood in a statement procured by FOX San Antonio. No injuries among the responding firefighters were reported as crews managed to get the intense fire under control.
In a parallel account from KENS 5, officials indicated that the fire might have originated from one of the kitchens within the apartment units. The blaze required residents to wait in the biting cold as firefighters tackled the inferno, which claimed at least 10 units. The extent of the damages and the future of the residents remain uncertain, as investigations into the fire's cause are still ongoing.