ROLLINGWOOD, Texas (KXAN) — An “intense” fire at an under-construction home in Rollingwood is contained as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Travis County ESD No. 9 Fire Chief David Wilson said.
“Multiple callers were reporting dark smoke, brown, black smoke in the area,” Wilson said.
ESD No. 9, also known as the Westlake Fire Department, said no one lived at the home, but that it was close to being completed.
The Austin Fire Department was first to respond to the home on Pickwick Lane around 1:59 p.m. Wilson said a few minutes later the fire was through the roof.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Wilson said.
‘It was scary’
A nearby neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they saw it all unfold from their window.
“I was sitting at my desk and had a pretty good view of the side of the house,” they said. “Slowly, just really dark smoke started coming out of the garage pretty steadily.”
They said about 15 minutes later, the house was engulfed in flames.
“It was scary. I’ve never seen a fire that large,” they said. “It was powerful and a big scale fire.”
More than 100 customers were affected by the power outages, according to Austin Energy. Around 5:45 p.m., officials said the power was back on.
Shortly after 3 p.m., AFD said power outages were expected in the area, due to Austin Energy temporarily shutting the power off for safety.
The neighbor we spoke with was one of those people. But they said they weren’t bothered by it.
They told us they were just grateful no one was hurt and the fire didn’t spread.
“We’re just glad everyone’s okay,” they said.
Power has since been restored to the area.
KXAN’s Sarah Al-Shaikh will have more on this story, including an interview with neighbors tonight. You can watch on KXAN News at 10pm.