Fire displaces residents at NW-side apartment complex

Residents escape apartment fire

SAN ANTONIO -- People jumped from balconies and threw pets out open windows to escape an apartment fire Tuesday morning.

The first alarm sounded just before 9 a.m. at the Silver Creek apartments on Gus Eckert Road. 

Fire officials said at least ten people from four apartments were displaced. One woman who escaped said, "I just saw orange flames."  She left her apartment barefooted.

Meanwhile, a man left shirtless said he suffered cuts to his hand when he jumped from a second-floor balcony.

Andrew Ramos said he was left bleeding too.

“I jumped out the window and I scraped myself,” Ramos said, adding that he felt lucky that his injuries were minor.

Reyna Gonzalez said she came to the complex to look after two children and she found them escaping from flames.

"There was smoke coming out so I had to call and I had to alert everybody in the other apartment.  All you saw was the smoke and the flame came out.  It was scary," Gonzalez said.

Katrina Alejandro said she was saved by her dogs, Princess and Snookie.

“She was barking at the door, so I opened the door and saw the flames,” Alejandro said.  

Rachel Cooper said her dog helped save the day as well.

"Our neighbor started banging on the door. The dog started barking. I grabbed my Mom. We were out." 

Cooper said the stairs outside her apartment were already ablaze when they escaped.

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward said having an evacuation plan for times like this is vital.

"It's a good time to get together with your family and make sure that you're prepared for an event like this that no one ever sees coming. It's always going to come at a moment that you don't expect so you should always understand where your safe exit routes are going to be in a case of a fire,” Woodward said.

An American Red Cross spokesman said they have already helped out with some basic essentials for the victims and they say the complex will work to move the displaced people into vacant units on the property or nearby. 

Meanwhile, fire Investigators said the blaze started on a first-floor patio.  They’ve set the damage estimate at $60,000.

(© 2016 KENS)


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