AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews have put out a fire at a condo in west Austin, the fire department said.

Assistant Chief Andre De La Reza with the Austin Fire Department said the fire started Wednesday afternoon in a third-floor unit at 6000 Shepherd Mountain Cove. He said crews could see the heavy plume of smoke coming from the condo building well before they arrived on scene.

De Le Reza said firefighters saw the condo’s balcony fully engulfed in flames, which then extended into the attic. They attacked it from the outside before moving inside to make sure no one was in the condo.

Officials tweeted the fire went to a second alarm. Ultimately, 16 different units with 67 firefighters responded to the fire as well as four of the city’s 13 aerial devices. De La Reza said that was “especially helpful,” because the aerial devices allowed firefighters to cut into the roof and work to put out the flames in the attic.

The building where the fire started has 24 units, De Le Reza said. In an update Wednesday night, AFD said the fire caused $500,000 in damages to the building and $250,000 to the belongings inside.

The fire was accidental, and so far, the cause is being considered undetermined. The department said there may have been two potential sources that sparked the fire on the balcony.

The fire ended up displacing residents from 10 of the units because of repairs. De Le Reza said the homeowners’ association is working to find places for the people displaced by the fire to stay for the time being.

Shepherd Mountain Cove Condo Fire
A condo unit at 6000 Shepherd Mountain Cove in west Austin caught fire on Jan. 26, 2022, according to Austin Fire. (KXAN Photo/Andrew Choat)

AFD reported no one was injured. Firefighters rescued and secured two dogs as well as a cat from several units while checking those Wednesday afternoon.

De Le Reza also said working smoke detectors helped people evacuate quickly, so he urges others to check to make sure theirs are working.

“It’s the cheapest insurance you can buy is a smoke detector,” he said, “and they worked in this one.”