East Austin warehouse fire knocked out, fire officials say

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin fire crews battled heavy smoke and a fire at a warehouse in east Austin Monday morning. 

AFD said the fire damage was estimated to be $10,000, and while investigators ruled the cause as undetermined, AFD did say in a tweet that there was “evidence of multiple transients living in vacant building.”

Austin fire officials first tweeted about the fire at 53rd Street and Cameron Road at about 9:30 a.m. 

“First units on scene reporting heavy smoke coming from (a) large vacant warehouse,” officials wrote. “Fire attack underway.” 

Austin Fire Department Division Chief Palmer Buck said several callers reported the smoke and when firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from an abandoned warehouse. 

“Crews made an initial aggressive interior attack because of the known location where we have a lot of transients stay,” he said. 

At 10:03 a.m. officials said the fire was completely knocked out and fire crews confirmed no one was inside the warehouse during the fire.

KXAN photojournalist Richie Bowes contributed to this story. 

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