AUSTIN (KXAN) - A house in Northwest Austin was destroyed by fire early Thursdayin what officials are now saying was the beginning of a rampage byowner Joseph Stack. The episode ended in Stack crashing his planeinto the Austin IRS offices, officials say.
The fire occurred at 1827 Dapplegrey Lane in North Austin. Thefire was a one-alarm blaze[CEG1], but the smoke was visible tomotorists on the freeway several miles away.
The fire, which happened around 9:15 a.m. in the Scofield Farmsneighborhood, destroyed the $236k home that belonged to JosephStack, a local pilot.
Stack's wife and 12-year-old stepdaughter had left the home andchecked into a a hotel on Wednesday night after Stack went"ballistic" over his problems with the IRS, officials reported.
Neighbors along Dapplegrey Lane said they heard a bang around 9a.m., then noticed smoke and flames coming from the house.
Stacks wife, Sheryl, and her daughter, made it safely to aneighbor's house. However, Joseph Stack was not around.
Firefighters were not sure if he was trapped inside the blazinghouse and were looking for him - but after the plane crash,investigators began putting two and two together.
Stack was a pilot with a small plane at the GeorgetownAirport
Neighbors credited the fast work of Austin firefighters inpreventing the flames from reaching adjoining homes.
Below is an amateur video of the fire taken by KXAN viewer Chuck Watkins
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