New Year’s Eve fire at 3-story boarding house displaces 6 in east Austin

Austin Fire Department Photo
Austin Fire Department Photo

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A fire at a three-story boarding house in east Austin displaced at least six adults Sunday night, said the Austin Fire Department.

The call for the fire came in at about 9:53 p.m. in the 5600 block of Manor Road north of East 51st Street and just south of Rogge Lane.

The first firefighters to arrive reported fire coming from the second floor of the house, AFD said. They began an aggressive attack, but then fire conditions got worse, and firefighters retreated from the building and began a defensive fight, they said.

Crews had the majority of the fire knocked down by 10:40 p.m. They said that hoarding conditions within the house made extinguishing the blaze difficult.

The Red Cross responded to help all of the people displaced by the fire.

AFD estimates that the house is a total loss, with $85,000 worth of damages.

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