AUSTIN (KXAN) — A lit cigarette caused nearly $200,000 worth of fire damage to a South Austin home on Wednesday evening. According to the Austin Fire Department, the fire started just after 6 p.m. in the 8800 block of Texas Sun.
When firefighters arrived at the home there was fire coming through the roof of the home. The two people who were home at the time were able to get out safely, but one of their cats died. Firefighters were able to put out the fire and contain the damage to the attic and the backside of the house.
“A fire you know is tragic to go through any time of the year but we do see an uptick of structure fires in the month of December historically during the holidays but always good to remember a working smoke detector is the cheapest life insurance policy that you can have,” says Firefighter Edward Hanna.