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Broadway Fire
10:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Fire Department Investigating Cause Of Downtown Fire In Vacant Building

Water flows down Broadway as firefighters battle the two-alarm fire at an empty building downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Arson investigators are looking into a two-alarm fire that engulfed a vacant building downtown last night. More than 100 firefighters worked to put out the flames near a hotel at Third and Broadway.

Firefighters battled stubborn flames for hours with gallons of water flowing onto the street below making it look more like the Riverwalk.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor," said District Fire Chief Keith Crusius, who said people at the nearby Travelers Hotel self-evacuated.

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San Antonio Arson Bureau
10:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

500 Fires Investigated By Arson Bureau Last Year, 260 Set Intentionally

Captain Chris Casals, head of SAFD's Arson Bureau, speaks to the media on the role of the department.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Fire Department held an open house to the media this week to detail what it does to determine whether or not a fire is considered an act of arson.

The fire department has 17 arson investigators, who the past two years have been called out to more than 1,200 fires.  Captain Chris Casals, with the San Antonio Fire Department's Arson Bureau, said his division exists to determine the cause and origin of a fire.

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Community Giving
4:11 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Historic Pictures Help Rekindle Fire Department Toy Day Drive Of 1930's

Firefighters from the 1930's held Toy Day to collect presents for the children of San Antonio
San Antonio Light Collection - UTSA Libraries Special Collections

Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.

Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.

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Remembering 9/11
2:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

On 9/11 Anniversary, San Antonio Firefighters Make "Remembrance Climb"

Tower of the Americas
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Much like that fateful September day 11 years ago, the skies were blue and the weather nearly perfect. But today the sound of a waterfall, bagpipes and bells filled the air instead of the deafening sound of skyscrapers crumbling.

Firefighters climbed 65 stories twice at the Tower of the Americas to match the 110 floors of the World Trade Center towers that fell. It’s the first tower climb to remember and reflect on firefighters who perished in the 9/11 attack.

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Safety Museum
12:30 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

San Antonio Fire Museum Society Gets Key to Future Site of Museum

Bob Heckman, project manager for the San Antonio Museum Society museum, sits atop a 1927 American LaFrance pumper truck. Heckman is anxious to open the museum, which will feature an education center for children
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Bob Heckman is with the Fire Museum Society and is the project manager for the renovation of the museum. He says the LaFrance pumper doesn’t have all of her original parts.

The headlights are from an old Ford Model A and the horn is a slightly modern adaptation as well, but it's history, and story of the San Antonio Fire Department is undeniable.

“We’re really anxious," said Heckman, who is now retired from firefighting. "We want to explain our history.”

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