Crews douse house fire in south Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Fire Department crews put out an early-morning house fire in south Austin Thursday.

At 3:49 a.m., the homeowner called 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house after the smoke alarm woke her up. Three minutes later, firefighters arrived at the single-story home on the 2700 block of Dupoint Cove near West Gate Boulevard and Slaughter Lane. They put out the fire.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire and how much it damaged.

The Austin Fire Department also tweeted a photo of one of its firefighters being decontaminated after being inside the fire. The protocol is part of a new program to minimize firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and toxic chemicals released during a fire.

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