AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities have determined a fire that damaged a North Austin home Thursday morning stemmed from an electrical short in a car.
The Austin Fire Department said the fire started around 4:45 a.m. at a home on Blalock Drive, near West Parmer Lane just east of MoPac Expressway. Crews were able to make it to the scene in three minutes. The first-responders reported heavy fire in the garage of the single family house. While the fire started in the car, it extended to the home and heavily damaged the garage and attic. Authorities estimate there was $40,000 in structure damage.
Police say a working smoke alarm got the family of eight living in the house out safely.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a back injury.
Firefighters in Austin had a busy morning. A few hours after the fire on Blalock, firefighters in South Austin were called to a home on Sahara Drive for another fire.