AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters battled a 3-alarm fire at a Westlake Hills home for hours Sunday morning, calling multiple times for help from crews from other agencies.
The homeowners of a house at the 500 block of Buckeye Trail woke up around 7 a.m. to the smell of smoke and called 911.
Westlake Fire Department District Chief Heath Nobles told KXAN the first units that arrived on scene saw “heavy fire conditions in the home,” that was mostly on the back deck and later spread to the attic which spanned the full width of the house.
An hour after the initial call, the fire was upgraded to a 2-alarm fire so more units could respond and assist with the firefighting effort.
As they continued to try and get the fire under control, “the fire went to equivalent of 3rd alarm,” according to Austin fire officials, and more units responded to help out. An AFD firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released.
“Between fire and smoke, (the house is) going to be a total loss, from end to end,” Nobles said.
Crews will remain on scene for the remainder of the afternoon to check for hotspots. Crews from Austin, Oak Hill and Ce-Bar all helped crews Sunday.
KXAN Photojournalist Alex Hoder contributed to this report.