S.A. firefighters battle massive blaze at Medical Drive apartments

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by Kens5.com Staff

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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:16 AM

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SAN ANTONIO -- About 100 firefighters battled a massive blaze that ripped through a condominium complex in the Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

At least 38 units with the San Antonio Fire Department responded to the Castlewood Condos in the 4100 block of Medical Drive around 1:45 p.m.

An evacuation order was called as soon as first responders arrived at the northwest-side scene. Some residents who live nearby were forced to shelter in place when the thick black smoke poured over their apartments.

San Antonio fire Chief Charles Hood said several units on the third floor were fully engulfed when they arrived. He said all residents have been accounted for, including a man who was pulled to safety.

"We had one civilian who had to be rescued from the third floor," Hood said. "And during that ladder rescue we had one of our firefighter fall. He is OK but he has been transported with non-life threatening injuries."

The fire quickly spread throughout the third floor and collapsed the roof. Authorities said more than 30 units were damaged at the complex, many are considered a total loss. The American Red Cross is working with displaced residents to find them accommodations.

Chief Hood said crews were able to rescue four dogs and a couple of cats.

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Medical Drive was closed from Frederickburg Road to I-10.

 

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