AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two dogs were presumed to have died in a house fire in eastern Travis County early Monday morning, according to the Austin Fire Department.
The fire was reported at 12:08 a.m. Firefighters from Austin Fire and Travis County Fire Rescue worked the fire on the 700 block of Dalton Lane, AFD posted at 1 a.m. The area is east of U.S. Highway 183 and north of State Highway 71.
When crews arrived, the structure was on fire, Austin Fire said, and fire had spread to the grass and a surrounding vehicle. It characterized the home and two cars as a “total loss.”
AFD posted at 2:23 a.m. that the fire was out. “All occupants accounted for safe however 2 dogs are presumed deceased,” AFD said. KXAN spoke with a woman who lived at the home who said no one was there when it started. She is out of town but said the sheriff’s department told her about the fire, and she said her dog, Buddy, died.
The property where the home was located “had been the site of several events/music venue” according to Travis County ESD 11 Chief Ken Bailey. The address matches that of Carson Creek Ranch, which describes itself as spanning “over 60 acres, providing ample space for outdoor events. Its size, natural beauty, and scenic environment make it an enchanting backdrop for music festivals, corporate events, and public or private gatherings.” The woman who lived at the home told KXAN she sold it and the venue this year, but was allowed to keep living at the home until 2024.
Bailey said the fire is being investigated and officials have not yet determined what caused it.
Over the holiday weekend, Austin Fire responded to another house fire where two dogs also died.
Two vehicles and a home that burned in Monday’s fire are considered a total loss, according to the department.