Man and woman found dead in North West Side apartment fire had gunshot wounds, police say
SAN ANTONIO – 4 p.m. update:
The Bexar County Medical Examiner said two people found dead inside a burned-out Northwest Side apartment had gunshot wounds, prompting a homicide investigation.
San Antonio police said Thursday afternoon the medical examiner was unable to identify the victims, but they believe there is a ‘homicidal aspect’ to the incident, which happened initially manifested by a structure fire in the 900 block of Waverly Avenue after midnight.
The medical examiner performed autopsies on the victims – a man and a woman – and found they had gunshot wounds. However, their exact causes of death have not been determined.
Police said they only received calls overnight for a structural fire and the house was entirely engulfed in flames. They received no reports of gunfire or gunshots being heard.
Homicide investigators were called to the scene Thursday afternoon to conduct a “secondary investigation”, police said. More details are limited at this time.
San Antonio homicide detectives and arson investigators are investigating details surrounding the deaths of two people found at the scene of an apartment fire.
Fire crews were first called after noon Thursday to put out the blaze at a back apartment in the 900 block of Waverly Avenue.
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“He was fully involved, heavily involved in the fire. They couldn’t get in, so they had to fight the fire from outside,” said Joseph Arrington, public information officer for the San Antonio Fire Department.
However, Arrington says, once firefighters extinguished the flames and got inside, they discovered there was more to it.
“Unfortunately we found two deceased victims in the fire,” he said.
It appears that these firefighters also found circumstances inside the house that prompted them to call in arson investigators and then the police.
As of late Thursday morning, however, it was still unclear whether a crime had been committed.
Throughout the morning, relatives began to learn of the death and showed up at the scene.
Maria Montero told KSAT 12 News that the deceased man was her cousin.
She said the woman who was found dead was an aunt to both her and the male victim.
“She has two children in Mexico. She came here to work,” Montero said of her aunt.
Her cousin, she said, had been living in the flat for some time and was helping her aunt by allowing her to stay with him.
Although investigators have yet to reach any conclusions on the case, Montero had his suspicions after peeking inside the burned apartment.
“There’s a lot of blood on the floor from both of them,” she said. “I think someone did.”
Arrington said investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies on both victims to tell them more about what happened.
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