Apartment fire causes $450k in damage

Flames showing out of the roof of an E. Stassney apartment building. (Courtesy Kevin Schwartz)
Another angle of the E. Stassney fire (Courtesy of Cassandra Jaramillo)
Another angle of the E. Stassney fire (Courtesy of Cassandra Jaramillo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Flames shot into the sky and smoke could be seen for miles during a two-alarm fire at a South Austin apartment complex.

The fire displaced more than 50 residents and damaged about 24 units.

Firefighters got a call about a possible grease fire Sunday afternoon at the Stassney Woods Apartment building, a three story complex located at 1800 E. Stassney Lane near Interstate 35.

First responders reported heavy fire at the apartments. Flames spread to all three floors of one of the apartment buildings.

Crews went on the defensive at 2:54p.m.

“Very fast moving fire,” said Bo Allen, fire specialist with the Austin Fire Department. “Crews were inside in a really dangerous spot with fire extending into the attic, above and below and on the floors they were working on.”

Part of a chimney collapsed shortly after the evacuation of firefighters, Allen said.

Crews working the Stassney apartment fire (Courtesy Angie Beavin)
Crews working the Stassney apartment fire (Courtesy Angie Beavin)

The effects of the fire damaged 24 units in the apartment building, displacing 52 residents. The Red Cross, AFD community services and the apartment management are helping the people whose apartments were damaged in the fire.

“I came out on my balcony and I saw the smoke and I immediately grabbed my daughter and my roommate and we just got out,” said Summer Harris who lives at the apartment complex.

One minor injury was treated on the scene.

“Luckily my wife got out. We’re pregnant right now and I’m just glad she got out,” said Jonathan Smith, who lived in a first-floor apartment.

According to AFD the fire, which started as an accidental grease fire, caused about $450,000 in damage.

The roof of the Stassney apartment building collapsed after heavy fire (Courtesy Angie Beavin)

Click here for more information about the Central Texas chapter of the American Red Cross.


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