Austin Fire Department

Two killed in south Austin apartment fire; 9 displaced

Fire started on second-floor balcony

July 15, 2019 - 9:58 am

AUSTIN ( -- Two people are dead after an early morning apartment blaze in south Austin Monday morning.

Fire officials say the fire broke out just before 4:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of Barton Skyway, at The Woods on Barton Skyway.

According to AFD, the fire started on the balcony of a second-floor apartment and spread to the attic - at which point a 2nd alarm was called out. Crews spent about 30 minutes getting the fire under control.

Initially, no injuries were reported, but further searches revealed two bodies in the debris. Fire officials said both victims were found in the apartment where they believe the fire started.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation; so far, investigators have not been able to pinpoint a specific item that ignited the blaze. Damages are estimated at $500,000 in structural and $250,000 in contents, with eight apartments being destroyed in the fire.

The Red Cross and apartment management are assisting nine other residents who were displaced.

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