Firefighters in San Antonio responded to a towering fire at a Flying J truck stop off I-10 on the city’s east side on Thursday morning.
Responders battled flames licking dozens of feet into the air in the early morning hours as the structure, which also housed a Denny’s restaurant, burnt to a crisp. CBS Austin’s John-Carlos Estrada posted dramatic footage of the blaze, which reportedly rendered the truck stop a total loss.
“Incredible images of a massive blaze at Flying J gas station near I-10 in San Antonio,” Estrada wrote. “It began as a fire at the Denny’s restaurant.”
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Estrada reports that at least one firetruck was damaged combatting the inferno as firefighters on ladders aimed streams of water into the smoldering structure.
According to FOX San Antonio, the fire began around 5 a.m. and quickly grew, endangering nearby rows of propane tanks that firefighters doused in water in an effort to keep from rupturing. A statement provided to FOX San Antonio by The Pilot Company, the parent company of Flying J, thanked firefighters for their response and stated that no one was injured in the blaze.
“We are relieved to report that all of our Team Members and Guests have been accounted for and are safe after the fire that occurred at our Flying J travel center in San Antonio, Texas,” the statement read. “We thank the San Antonio Fire Department and First responders for their quick response and action to control the fire. We are working with the local officials as they investigate the cause, and we ask you to direct any inquiries to proper authorities.”
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