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Early Video: Bexar County House Fire and Possible Arsonist is Dimed out by Neighbors

This is a unique video. The video is very clear, videoed by a frantic neighbor, and shows pre-arrival fire spread. What is also pretty neat is how the single engine gets some serious work done before others show up…and on tank water!

The house is apparently vacant…yet it WAS potentially occupied by the arsonist when the fire was set. Remember, vacant does not mean unoccupied!

The suspect in setting the fire was seen by neighbors as he tried to leave the scene. Neighbors told a Sheriff’s Deputy who showed up and he went after him. The suspect is being treated for burns…hmmm.

As for where it happened…I did a little searching, but couldn’t quite figure it out. The fire engine says “D2FR” on it. The fire occurred in Bexar County. I believe this is near San Antonio, Texas.

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  • firehat

    I believe this is the Geronimo Village VFD, otherwise known as District 3 Fire-Rescue.

  • Scott

    Wow no SCBA coming out on the first guy in the back, No supply line laid guessing there was a hydrant out of view ? Hoping that was a 2 1/2 pulled and not a 1 3/4… PASS alarms going off?! What in the world is going on here? Is this their first fire!?

  • mike

    wait a minute, I thought they did a pretty good job. Yeah maybe not wearing scba but got water on a defensive fire pretty quick. some depts run around like chickens with their heads cut off and these guys did the only thing they could do and fast-protect exposures

  • Anger Management

    SCBA???? Why? So they can yard breathe? Nobody should be going in or remotely near that “VACANT” structure. I think this shows what a sufficiently staffed engine company can accomplish by themselves in a short period of time.

  • http://www.pamperedchef.biz/kristinabailey Kristina Bailey

    Hi guys! Thank you for featuring my video. Sorry I was so frantic on and on the phone. Yes there is a hydrant 2 houses to the left of the structure and yes these guys were awesome! The video begins about 4-5 minutes after the initial explosion was heard and the suspect was seen exiting the 2nd floor window & going onto the roof of the garage.

  • http://www.pamperedchef.biz/kristinabailey Kristina Bailey

    Hi guys! Thank you for featuring my video. Sorry I was so frantic and on the phone. Yes there is a hydrant 2 houses to the left of the structure and yes these guys were awesome! The video begins about 4-5 minutes after the initial explosion was heard and the suspect was seen exiting the 2nd floor window & going onto the roof of the garage.

  • Bullets

    So the video begins 4-5 minutes after the first explosion and it took them another 4 1/2 minutes to get on scene? thats almost a 10 minutes response! Good thing it was a vacant house

    • Fire21

      Bullets…not every house is within easy striking distance of a fire station. My dept covers 5000 square miles in a western state. Last week it took us an hour to drive to a structure fire…of course it burned down!! Just because a dept doesn’t arrive within a couple minutes doesn’t mean they aren’t hustling!

      Yeah, there was nothing of this structure to save…attack should have begun by covering the exposure on the delta side.

  • BH

    I stopped watching after they pulled an inch and three-quarter line on a structure with fire through the roof to the side that DIDN’T have an exposure. Did it get better?

  • mark

    Why would you handjack a supply line instead of dropping it at the hydrant?

    Why would you protect a non-existent exposure instead of the existing exposure?

    Why would you let a PASS device sound for a couple minutes?

    Other than that, nice job, strong work.