AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police Department said it doesn’t believe foul play was a factor in a deadly fire in Southwest Austin at a repair shop that went up in flames, but it’s still under investigation. Once firefighters were able to tame the early morning blaze on Monday, they found a body inside the burning building.
The body was found inside a three-car garage at the Nippon Motorworks, though officials say the body was not inside a car. There was only one car inside the garage, where officials think the fire started.
The shop near Monterrey Oaks Boulevard is now the site of a joint investigation between the Austin Police and Fire departments.
Fire crews fought the blaze at the auto repair shop that started around 3:45 a.m. on the westbound service Road of U.S. Highway 290.
When crews arrived, they found heavy fire coming out of Nippon Motorworks. The business advertises that it services Toyota and Nissan cars. The fire spread to cars there, as well as to QSI Truck Sales next door.
The fire caused some power lines to fall, so an Austin Energy crew worked to shore up that problem. Spokesman Carlos Cordova says the outage is isolated to the businesses where the fire happened.
Texas Gas Service also responded because firefighters reported a strong natural gas smell, which was later traced to a propane tank. Crews were able to get that under control.
Initially Austin Fire reported the blaze was at South Austin Marine, a large boat store, but it was soon realized it was the building next door. Workers at the boat shop said their water was turned off in the morning. They also said many customers called up