Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spot News - Fire at 38th and Speedway

Austin Fire Department personnel responded to a two-alarm fire at the Jacksonian apartment complex in Hyde Park on Thursday afternoon.

Firefighter Elizabeth Donelson said 50 AFD personnel and 15 fire engines responded to the two-story apartment fire at 38th and Speedway streets. The fire was caused by plumbers who were sweating the pipes on the first floor, a process that uses a propane torch to solder pipes together.

Donelson said two apartments were damaged by the fire and two others below were damaged by excessive smoke and water from sprinklers.

Five residents were displaced by the fire and were aided by the American Red Cross. One Jack Russell terrier was rescued by AFD personnel. No one was injured.

Structural damage is estimated at $150,000, and content damage is estimated at $40,000. No smoke alarm was installed in the apartment where the fire originated.

Photographs by Tamir Kalifa

Brief by Bobby Longoria

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