AUSTIN, Texas - A 4-year-old girl is dead and three other people are in serious condition after a fire in North Austin.
The fire happened just before 5 a.m. at a mobile home in the 8100 block of Research Boulevard. The home is located far back on a narrow street and first responders had to navigate their trucks to get through.
Nine people were in the home at the time of the fire and five of them were able to escape.
One adult and one child were taken to the hospital in serious condition and one adult is in critical condition.
A 4-year-old girl was killed, AFD said.
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The cause of the fire was accidental and was started by a portable cooking appliance. In addition to the loss of life, the mobile home and its contents were completely destroyed.
In response to the incident, several AFD crews from the community outreach division did a smoke alarm canvassing drive for these life-saving devices. In total, they installed about 80 working smoke alarms.
If you or someone you know needs them, AFD can take care of it for free; residents can call 512-974-0299.