Lightning caused weekend fire that killed man, AFD says


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A lightning strike was the cause of a fire at a north Austin apartment building that killed one man, according to the Austin Fire Department. 

Fire crews responded to a fire at Cricket Hollow Apartments at 11,400 north Interstate 35 around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Augustin Ortega Suchil, 61, was transported to the hospital with severe burn injuries and was pronounced dead later that day. The cause of death will be determined during autopsy, but AFD has confirmed that lightning was not the cause of death.

Lightning struck the address of the fire twice during that timeframe, once at 2:21 p.m. and a second time at 3:47 p.m. according to KXAN meteorologists.

Shortly after responding to the fire, officials estimated that $100,000 worth of structural damage and $25,000 worth of smoke and water damage was caused in the two-alarm fire. 

KXAN has reached out to the Austin Fire Department for more details surrounding the man’s death.

KXAN Digital Reporters Tulsi Kamath contributed to this story. 

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