AFD: Squatters trying to keep warm start east Austin house fire

House fire in the 1100 block of Shady Lane in east Austin on Jan. 16, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo)
House fire in the 1100 block of Shady Lane in east Austin on Jan. 16, 2018 (Austin Fire Department Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighting crews put out a heavy fire in what is possibly an abandoned east Austin home, Tuesday afternoon.

A photo and video tweeted by the Austin Fire Department showed flames shooting out of the home in the 1100 block of Shady Lane, near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Springdale Road. Firefighters were called to the fire at 5:01 p.m. Around 5:20 p.m., crews said the main body of the fire was put out and they had completed an initial search of the home.

Authorities determined the fire was caused by squatters who were trying to keep warm by starting a fire. The damage to the abandoned house was listed at $110,000.

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