Man critically injured in north Austin second alarm apartment fire

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is critically injured after a second alarm fire ripped through his north Austin apartment on Saturday afternoon.

The Austin Fire Department was called to the Cricket Hollow Apartments at 11400 North I-35 around 3:15 p.m. and got the fire under control within 30 minutes.

The 17 unit building, where the fire occured, was evacuated and thankfully the units close to where the fire started were unoccupied, according to a department shift commander.

The American Red Cross did go to the scene to help anyone who was displaced by the fire. Damage is estimated to cost $100,000 for the structure and $25,000 in smoke and water damage.

Fire investigators are not ruling out the possibility that a lightning strike caused the fire because there were so many strikes during the time of the fire. 

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