Plumbing repairs lead to apartment fire


AUSTIN (KXAN) – A fire Monday at an apartment was caused by a maintenance worker using a blowtorch to make plumbing repairs, the Austin Fire Department said. Investigators said the worker was using the torch to thaw frozen pipes.

When firefighters responded to the two-story condominium at 7117 Wood Hollow Drive, they saw fire coming from the exterior. AFD said the flames partially extended into the attic.

Three units were affected in the fire that caused about $102,000 in total damage. Five people were displaced, according to AFD. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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