Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two-Alarm Apartment Fire This Morning

Just posted on Statesman.com:

An early morning, two-alarm fire destroyed a North Austin apartment building and displaced 30 people, according to an Austin Fire Department spokesman.

The fire at the Anderson Oaks Apartments at 9219 Anderson Mill Road broke out at 2:15 this morning, and 60 firefighters were called to the scene to try to control the blaze, Battalion Chief Palmer Buck said.

Buck said nearby lanes of Anderson Mill Road and Pond Springs were shut down because of the fire and reopened by 6:30 a.m. Part of the apartment building collapsed, he added.

Firefighters gained control of the fire just before 4 a.m., but some smoldering spots remain to be fully extinguished, he said.

In all, 20 fire trucks were called to the scene, Buck said.

No injuries were reported, and while some individuals were evaluated for smoke inhalation, no one was transported to the hospital, Buck said.

The damage of the fire was at least “upwards” of $500,000, Buck said, but it will take time to assess the full damage of the fire.

No nearby buildings were affected, including nearby Deer Park Middle School and Live Oak Elementary, he said. Both schools are operating as normal today, Round Rock school officials said.

From Statesman.com