Fire damages Northwest Austin home

Northwest Austin house fire damages home (Daniel Guerrero/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters worked quickly to put out a fire at a Northwest Austin home early Wednesday morning.

The home is at 12504 Fox Hollow Court, near the intersection of Hunters Chase and Cahill drives, and fire officials say they began getting multiple calls around 5:20 a.m.

“Every large incident with the AFD, we send a safety officer — somebody that’s just dedicated to watching the overall operations, making sure everything’s happening smoothly and safely, and just an extra set of eyes to kind of oversee that,” said Austin Fire Department Capt. Josh Portie.

More than 25 firefighters responded to the blaze.

“Definitely in a situation like you see behind us — where the homes are a little closer together — that’s one of our initial priorities, containing the fire to the single structure that is, making sure there are no exposures. And we did have, I saw, hand lines prepositioned and placed at the structures that were adjacent,” said Portie.

When they got there, they saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage; the fire extended to the attic.

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Fire officials say there was heavy fire damage to the one-story home, specifically heavy fire damage to the garage and attic. The heaviest damage was over the garage. There is smoke and water damage to the rest of the home.

“The emergency, essentially is over. We stopped the forward progression of the fire. We know that we’re not going to burn the rest of the house down, so to speak,” said Portie. “But before we go in there and really rip through everything, we could still expect to see some smoke, probably little hot spots throughout the morning until they can get their investigation initiated, at least.”

The man who lived in the home was not at home when the fire broke out, but officials say he has been accounted for. They are working with him to make sure he has a place to stay. Meanwhile, no one was hurt in the fire.

Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked the fire.

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