Man dies in North Austin apartment fire

AUSTIN (KXAN) –  A man pulled from a fire at a North Austin apartment complex has died.

The fire started just before 3 a.m. at the Quail Run Apartment complex on Mearns Meadow Blvd.  Neighbors on the second floor called 911 because their smoke detector was sounding an alarm.  Firefighters immediately evacuated people living in neighboring apartments.

They had a hard time finding the source of the fire because there was smoke in the walls and between floors. Eventually they realized the smoke was coming from a first floor kitchen, and discovered a man unconscious in that apartment.  Emergency workers tried to revive the man with CPR, but did not succeed.

The victim is in his mid 30s.  AFD and Austin Police are still investigating why he could not escape, but say he may have been disabled. His identity has not been released.

The fire forced about 30 people from their homes, because firefighters cut power to the apartments for safety.  They are waiting on Austin Energy to assess whether the apartments are safe enough for residents to return. Quail Run management and the American Red Cross of Central Texas are helping those residents with immediate needs.

The apartment building has 16 units. Only one burned, but five others have smoke and water damage.  The cost of the damage is estimated at $125,000.

KXAN News has a team on the way and will provide live updates throughout the morning.

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