Smoke filled the San Antonio skyline Tuesday after a fire at the downtown Shops at Rivercenter. According to Express-News,
no one was injured, but hundreds of people were evacuated from the complex, including guests at the 38-story Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.
San Antonio Fire Department told Express-News
they believed the flames started as a grease fire and then burned their way through the ducts. Firefighters focused their efforts in the area between Tony Roma's and Luciano, working between 11:40 a.m. until the fire was finally extinguished by 4 p.m.
"[It was] really frustrating. It was just stubborn [what] we had to go through," Fire Department spokesman Joe Arrington told KSAT
. "Our crews were going through and exposing ductwork continually."
All told, 45 units responded to the fire, which shut down the mall for the rest of the day.