Texas Firefighter Injured at Two-Alarm Condo Fire

A firefighter was injured while rescuing an occupant trapped on a third floor balcony as fire ripped through a San Antonio condominium complex on April 4.

The fire department was called to the Castlewood Condominiums in the Medical Center area around 1:45 p.m.

Engine 32 arrived on scene and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the three-story building with 27 units.

The building was evacuated, but one resident, with a pre-existing medical condition, was trapped on his third floor balcony. A second alarm was called.

Firefighters from Aerial Platform 32 set up a ground ladder to rescue the resident. During the rescue operations one of the firefighters on the ladder fell approximately 20 feet. Personnel tended to the injured firefighter while another company assumed rescue operations and were able to rescue the resident along with his dog.

Both the resident and the injured firefighter were transported to nearby hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. 

Operations then turned defensive and the fire was extinguished after about an hour.

The building was a total loss and the cause remains under investigation.

Units on scene: AC26, AP01, AP11, AP32, AP51, BC3, BC5, BC7, BC8, CMD1, E06, E11, E17, E19, E23, E27, E28, E32, E37, E41, E42, E44, E51, FSC, FSO, HR11, HR51, L06, L34, L35, L37, M08, M15, M27, M32, M37, M42, M44, MOF1, MOF2, RHB1, XAR07, XAR09, XAR11, XAR13, XAR15

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