Council settles lawsuit after man dies helping victims of 2011 fire

Steiner Ranch fires in 2011 (KXAN Photo)
Steiner Ranch fires in 2011 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin City Council has agreed to settle a lawsuit involving the death of a Travis County Deputy Constable who died in 2011.

The wife of 38-year-old Kevin Aigner filed a lawsuit against Austin Energy after her husband died as a result of the wildfires in Steiner Ranch. The lawsuit says Aigner worked non-stop in record heat to assist firefighters and help families evacuate. A week after the fire he died from a brain stem stroke.

According to the lawsuit, Austin Energy caused the fire and therefore Aigner’s death by failing to properly separate power lines near the neighborhood.

In 2012, the Travis County Fire Marshal ruled the fire started when slack built up and two power lines collided on Ranch Road 620. The underbrush caught fire and the embers blew across the highway.

Twenty-three families lost their homes in the fire.

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