Fire heavily damages South Side gift shop
A South Side gift shop that went up in flames Sunday night was declared a major loss by the San Antonio Fire Department.
About 13 units responded to the fire at the Three Diamonds Gift Shop at 2503 Commercial Ave. The business was vacant and closed for the day.
Apartments that are attached to the business but were currently used for storage survived the blaze, officials said.
SAFD Battalion Chief Brian O’Neill said the building was considered a major loss.
“About 80 percent of the structure is damaged, it’s not a total loss, but a major loss,” O’Neill said. “The one area we were able to salvage is where the apartments are supposed to be; that area is still OK.”
A neighbor who lives on the next street stated a witness told him she saw a male jump over the gate that is located on the side of the business before it went up in flames.
“I rushed over here when I saw the smoke and heard the sirens,” Samuel Uresti said. “The young lady that lives next door to the business got scared because when she rushed outside, a guy ran into her and she told him ‘What are you doing?’ And she heard the explosion in the building and he took off running.”
Arson personnel were called out to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.