Large fire leaves 10 homeless in West Travis County

Austin Fire Department crews helped several other fire departments put out a large house fire in western Travis County (Kate Weidaw/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A fire forced a family of ten out of a home in western Travis County early Tuesday morning.  A couple, their daughter and seven grandchildren, ranging in age from four to 19, all got out of the house on Saratoga Drive unharmed.

The children’s mother smelled smoke when she awoke at 4:00 a.m. for a morning shift at HEB.  The home had no working smoke detectors.  They believe the fire started in the garage, where a space heater was being used to keep the family dog warm.  The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The woman’s father and oldest son tried putting the fire out with buckets of water.  When the heat and smoke became too intense, they started getting the rest of the family out of the home.

Fire crews from Austin, CeBar, Westlake and Oak Hill fire departments worked together to contain the fire. It did not spread to any nearby homes or trees.

The family patriarch, an electrician, built the home 37 years ago with his father, who was a mason.  It is a total loss after this fire and the collapse of the metal roof.

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