Fire that burned north Austin fourplex late Thursday ‘intentionally set’

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department said a fire in north Austin was “intentionally set” Thursday night.

AFD tweeted about the blaze at 11:55 p.m. reporting a fourplex went up in flames at 8605 Fireside Drive, between U.S. Highway 183 and Burnet Road, north of Ohlen Road.

AFD said no one was injured and crews had the fire contained around midnight. Investigators determined the fire was set on purpose in a vacant unit in the fourplex, AFD said in an update Friday.

AFD said 14 people who lived in the other three units are displaced and the Red Cross is helping get them a place to live temporarily. AFD said the fire caused $200,000 in structural damage to the fourplex and $50,000 to what was inside.

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