Fire forced seven people from North Austin four-plex

Fire on April Drive in North Austin (Julie Karam/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A fire at four-plex in North Austin forced seven people from their homes late Tuesday night.

A resident heard smoke alarms at 9:30 p.m. and called the fire department to the homes in the 11-thousand block of April Drive.

When crews arrived they could see fire showing on an outside wall.  Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in under 40 minutes.

“In newer construction like this, when we get fires that start inside the walls and between the floors, it tends to move across those void spaces,” said Austin Fire Captain Josh Portie. “It’s a little harder for firefighters to get to, so we spent a lot of time trying to open up the walls and the ceilings a little more meticulously.”

Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the fire.

“Thank goodness that we had working smoking alarms in the structure,” said Portie.

No one was hurt. 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. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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