Plumber’s torch ignites massive house fire

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A fire that began with a plumber’s torch left a house with a collapsed roof and $325,000 in damages overnight.

Southeast Austin house fire (Courtesy: Gabi Albarez)
Southeast Austin house fire (Courtesy: Gabi Albarez)

The blaze broke out at 10715 Pinehurst Drive in South Austin late Tuesday night. Austin firefighters got a call about flames just before 11 p.m.

When they got to the home, they found heavy fire bursting through the roof. Firefighters fought the flames from inside the house initially, but they eventually switched to battling the blaze from outside the house.

The fire was out by 11:45 p.m., but crews stayed there to look for hot spots throughout the house. Investigators say it started because of a plumber’s torch and caused $325,000 in damages.

The house was empty when the fire started, and no one was hurt. Still, a family was supposed to move into the house next week.

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