Fire burns SoCo area house used for storage

House in pieces after early morning fire (Chris Nelson/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – An early morning fire destroyed a house behind some businesses along a popular strip of South Congress.

When firefighters arrived at about 3:30 a.m., flames were consuming the building that they initially described as a “garage apartment.”  It was a wood-frame residence tucked close to other buildings.  No one was inside and the crews later discovered it was being used for storage.

No one was hurt in the fire fight. Emergency crews spent a few hours securing the area and checking for hot spots.  One lane of Congress was closed for emergency vehicles for about an hour and a half.

Fire investigators are still looking for the cause of the fire and putting together damage estimates. 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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