AUSTIN, Texas - An overnight apartment fire appears to have been caused by fireworks. Video of the initial blast was shared on social media platforms by a resident at the apartment complex.
First responders with the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the Mueller City View apartments complex in the 1100 block of Reinli Street, which is southeast of I-35 and 290, just after midnight.
Video of the initial blast was shared on social media by Leydy Carreno, a resident at the apartment complex. The video appears to show multiple fireworks being set off at the same time and causing a large blast. The fire caused $450,000 of damage, according to AFD.
"I was over there, and I saw that - I was just mad because I saw what happened, and I told my parents, I should have known sooner I would have called the firefighters,” said Carreno.
A total of 4 units were destroyed; displacing 10 adults and 6 children. They are now being set up in spare units at the apartment complex.
Carreno's apartment unit has smoke damage but her neighbors on the opposite end received more damage. "Save what you can, call the insurance and see what they can do for us and talk to the people here because obviously we have nowhere to sleep now,” said Johnny Cruze, one of the residents affected by the fire.
A resident told FOX 7 that people started shooting off fireworks around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. A lot of the fireworks were shot off across the street from the apartment complex. It was a big show, based on the debris left behind things like roman candles, rockets, and mortars.
Officials believe two teenagers were responsible for the explosion. Class C misdemeanors have been issued to their parents, according to the Austin Fire Department.