Overnight fire destroys East Austin business

AUSTIN (KXAN)– A dry cleaning business in East Austin was badly damaged in an overnight fire Friday.

An emergency call at 12:20 a.m. sent firefighters to a one-story structure on fire at 1900 Wheless Lane. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke pouring out of Yuli’s Cleaners.

They managed to get the fire under control in only six minutes and stayed on scene for hours to put out hotspots. The building was completely destroyed. The Austin Fire Department estimates the fire did about $350,000 in damage.

Yuli’s Cleaners is located in a strip mall and five businesses nearby did suffer minor smoke damage. There was no one in the building when the fire started, and no one was hurt.

The fire was caused by an electrical short, fire investigators said.

 

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