A Somerset man is safe after a fire consumed his mobile home early Thursday morning.
The 59-year-old owner escaped after waking up to heavy black smoke in his trailer in the 25000 block of Loma Verde around 2:30 AM.
Three fire departments responded to the call. Firefighters say the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames by the time they arrived at the scene. They worked throughout the morning to keep the fire from spreading, but the man's mobile home was a complete loss.
The owner of the mobile home spoke to KENS 5 Thursday morning. He says he was residing in the 1969 trailer while it was undergoing renovations.
The man says that four electric heaters were plugged in and running overnight. Two of the heaters were powered by extension cords running to outdoor outlets. The others were plugged into outlets that the owner calls “questionable.”
Early into 2018, fire departments across Bexar County have seen an increase in fire calls. The San Antonio Fire Department, for instance, said Wednesday that they had already received 36 calls for help this year; SAFD normally responds to four fire calls a day.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, SAFD Chief Charles Hood warned that space heaters should be turned off when people are sleeping to avoid the risk of a fire.
The Bexar County Fire Marshal's office is currently investigating the official cause of Thursday morning's fire.