San Antonio fire crew unaware fire was at high-rise

CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) — An analysis by the San Antonio Fire Department says the arrival of specialized resources to a fire at senior living apartments was delayed because responders were unaware it was a high-rise.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the department praised the way Castle Hills for requesting help from other agencies Dec. 28, but says Castle Hills did not relay information about the building being an 11-story structure. The San Antonio Fire Department has “pre-plans” for buildings like high-rises that include blueprints and where the water sources are, but because the fire occurred in Castle Hills, the department did not have a pre-plan for the Wedgewood.

The analysis does not indicate if Castle Hills has a pre-plan for the Wedgewood that was not shared with other agencies, or if they do not have one at all.

Five people were killed in the fire, the cause of which cannot be determined, officials say.

The department now recommends that other local agencies begin pre-planning certain buildings, and that the information be shared.

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