Be safe out there. Unknown how explosion was caused at this point. Fortunately no first responders were hurt. – HMN
Emergency personnel reporting to a Northwest Side residence for a report of an explosion Sunday also discovered a man’s body in the front yard.
The report of an explosion at a residence in the 8400 block of Pendragon Street came in just after 4 p.m., according to scanner traffic. The man was found in from of the home in what a police spokesman said appeared to be a suicide.
San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood said that the arson unit was investigating and confirmed that no one was home at the time of the explosion, despite a previous report that two people may have been inside the structure.
According to Vangie Aguilera, a neighbor on the scene, she heard from another neighbor that the couple who lived at that home had been going through a divorce and the woman had a restraining order against the man. The woman who lived in the house could be seen sobbing on the adjacent block as firefighters battled the blaze.
Aguilera said a neighbor heard the explosion and was calling 911 when she looked out the window to see the man shooting himself in the yard.
At one point the fire could be seen burning through the roof. Aguilera added that her son told her there was so much smoke, he could see it from Bandera Road.
An air compressor and arson personnel were dispatched to the scene, and as many as 21 units had reported to the scene at one time.
According to officials, the home had major damage in the southeast corner where the explosion occurred, and that officers were continuing to remove debris from the house. Other homes near the blast site did not suffer any damage.