House under construction catches fire in west Travis County

Austin

Firefighters battled a fire in western Travis County at a home under construction. It was empty at the time, but the family who owned it was supposed to move in today, according to fire officials.

When crews arrived, the 4000 square foot house at 7714 Sandia Loop in the Foothills of Barton Creek neighborhood had “heavy fire showing,” according to a tweet sent at 5:04 a.m. Firefighters from Oak Hill, Westlake and the Austin Fire Department were in defensive mode trying to put it out from the outside.

Austin-Travis County EMS said no one was hurt. Oak Hill Battalion Chief Robert Hartigan confirmed they received a call around 4:30 a.m. about a grass fire, but realized it was a structure fire when they arrived. The house is a total loss.

“Most of the interior is gone,” Hartigan said. “There’s a few standing walls in the interior. Most of the roof structure and the walls have burned out in the fire itself. This fire was probably going for a while. It wasn’t noticed until the roof collapsed.”

The fire was under control around 5:44 a.m. Investigators are working to determine what caused it.

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