SAN ANTONIO — A man has died in a predawn fire Christmas morning near San Antonio after going back into his burning home to try to rescue his dogs.
Bexar County officials said the man was alerted to the fire about 3:30 a.m. Saturday by relatives who lived next door in a rural area east of San Antonio. After helping his wife and a niece escape, 62-year-old Frank "Poncho" Kruse died trying to find his 13-year-old Labrador, Sugar, and another dog.
Both dogs died in the blaze.
Bexar County Detective Frank Stubbs said arson wasn't suspected. County fire marshal spokeswoman Laura Jesse said the cause was undetermined.
Stubbs said firefighters found Kruse's body in the kitchen. Relatives said Kruse was a retired plumber frequently seen in the neighborhood with Sugar by his side.