AUSTIN (KXAN) — A fire that ripped through a duplex in southwest Austin Monday morning destroyed the building.
The Austin Fire Department says the fire broke out around 4:45 a.m. in the 6000 block of Westcreek Drive. When firefighters arrived at the home, the 2-story duplex was engulfed in flames.
Rose Daughtry, who lived in the house, said, “When we got out… the whole house was in flames. I mean, it took no time, and everything was gone. By the grace of God we were out in enough time.”
One neighbor says she heard loud popping noises just before firefighters arrived on scene. “I came outside. It was completely engulfed. You heard popping sounds like the windows were being blown out and other sounds. I thought it was like a transformer sound. right after that we started to hear fire engines. Bless their hearts for getting here so fast,” she said.
Officials say a neighbor pounded on the homeowner’s door to wake everyone up. Four adults and three children were all able to get out safely and are currently being assisted by Red Cross.
Fire investigators have determined the fire started in a vehicle which was parked under the carport in the rear of the duplex. Fire damage estimated at $175,000 in structure (which is a total loss) and $150,000 worth of contents.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for one of the families displaced by the fire.