Fire rips through news station

Fire rips through news station

Credit: KENS 5 viewer Robert Shelby

Fire rips through news station

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by KENS5.com

kvue.com

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 1:31 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- WOAI news in San Antonio was booted off the air on Tuesday morning as a two-alarm fire ripped through the downtown station during the morning newscast.

San Antonio firefighters first responded to 1031 Navarro Street after flames were seen leaping from a second story window around 4:57 a.m.

News 4 General Manager John Seabers said in a statement that the the building was quickly evacuated and the fire was contained to the second floor.

"We expect to have electricity restored to the building by noon, and we anticipate having WOAI-TV on the air later this afternoon. We are grateful no one was injured," according to the statement.

WOAI begins its morning newscast at 4:30 a.m. and posted an update to its website around 6 a.m.

"We are off the air due to a fire at the News 4 San Antonio building. The fire is under control and everyone is okay. ... We are doing live reports with our sister station KABB (Fox 29)."

Firefighters could be seen atop the building around 5:45 a.m. as smoke continued to pour from the windows. They spent several more hours putting out hot spots as onlookers gathered outside.


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