Fire burns west Austin home with $1.2M in damage

Austin Fire Crews fight fire at Southwest Austin home under renovation. (Photo: Julie Karam/KXAN)
Austin Fire Crews fight fire at Southwest Austin home under renovation. (Photo: Julie Karam/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews with the Austin Fire Department are investigating the cause of a Thursday morning house fire in Southwest Austin.

The first call about the fire came in at 2:40 a.m. when neighbors reported seeing large flames at a two-story house at the corner of Lacey Avenue and Stratford Drive, located near the city of Rollingwood. Fire crews say the house is being remodeled.

The fire started on the second story causing the roof and floor to cave in. Nobody was living in the house at the time and there was no furniture in the home. Crews were able to get the fire under control in about an hour. The house is considered to be completely lost with damages estimated at $1.2 million.

Crews say the home is in a difficult access area and the hydrant was quite a ways down the street. In 2014 KXAN looked into fire hydrants in west Austin discovering that this part of the city is ranked as one of the highest risk areas in the country for a devastating fire. On top of that, firefighters say outdated hydrants make the people who live in the area even more vulnerable to fires.

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