Texas firefighters struggle against flames, smoke, natural gas in vacant apartment building

  • Source: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
  • Published: 07/16/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Flames, smoke and natural gas worked together to create a huge challenge for San Antonio firefighters early Friday morning. They were called to the 400 block of Gillmore around 5:30 a.m. and found heavy fire coming from a vacant building at the Preserve at the Port apartments. “It did collapse. No injuries to our firefighters. Nobody has been reported missing or anything,” said Joseph Arrington, a spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department. Firefighters spent more than an hour pouring water on the flames both from the ground and from an aerial ladder truck. Even after they knocked down the main portion of the fire, stubborn flames refused to die. Arrington said there was natural gas coming from an underground pipe that was continuing to fuel the fire. Fire crews had to wait for CPS Energy workers to dig up the pipeline and stop the leak.


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