AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - Three have been displaced following a duplex fire in West Austin Saturday night.
Austin firefighters responded to the fire at a three-level duplex in the 5600 block of Highland Crest Drive around 9:42 p.m. Crews found the back side of the duplex up through the attic engulfed in flames.
5600 Highland Crest crews arrived with heavy fire from a 3 level duplex. After brief interior search the fire has gone defensive. pic.twitter.com/F4RzbFFBF4— Austin Fire Info (@AustinFireInfo) August 11, 2019
It took crews some time to get the fire under control due to the building being on a hillside and the clay tile roof and attic making it dangerous to enter.
All residents were accounted for and there were no injuries.
Investigators found the cause of the fire to be accidental, saying the fire originated on a balcony where residents were smoking and barbecuing. It's unclear which was the source.
Investigators estimated the damage to be at $600,000, $450,000 for the structure and $150,000 for the content.