An early afternoon fire at the parking garage at Rivercenter Mall sent dozens of firefighters Downtown to fight the blaze. The fire started after sparks from a demolition crew's welding torch ignited pieces of dry wood atop the garage, according to San Antonio Fire Department Charles Hood. The crew was removing a cooling unit when the fire started.
The fire sent massive clouds of dark smoke billowing through Downtown, but it was under control by 3 p.m. Firefighters used over a thousand gallons of water to tame it. The sole injury caused by the fire was a case of smoke inhalation.
Here are eight photos and videos of the fire that were posted to social media:
A better close up pic.twitter.com/Ninvs0mVWM— Hector Garza (@23Mrblack) February 8, 2016
River center mall on fire🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/YMXcDaR956— Hector Garza (@23Mrblack) February 8, 2016