AFD: Water heater sparks North Austin house fire

AFD quickly extinguished a house fire on Flagstaff Drive Sunday afternoon. (Paul Shelton / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Fire crews quickly extinguished a house fire that displaced one person in North Austin on Sunday afternoon. Officials say a water heater malfunction caused the fire.

About 1:35 p.m., The Austin Fire Department received reports of a house on fire in the 4300 block of Flagstaff Drive. When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming from the attic. Crews extinguished the blaze within five minutes, according to a department spokesman.

The only person inside the home evacuated without injuries. Investigators estimate the fire caused $80,000 in damage to the house and $20,000 to contents.

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