AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin firefighters and medics responded to a city-owned bridge shelter and rescued a man while his room was on fire Wednesday.
Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted at 9:32 a.m., saying firefighters pulled the man from a room where a small fire was burning at the southbound service road for 7400 N. Interstate 35. That’s the location of the city’s Northbridge temporary shelter, a former hotel it bought in 2020 to turn into permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.
The Austin Fire Department said the man, a resident of the shelter, had a “medical issue” inside the room, and the building’s sprinklers put the fire out. A city of Austin spokesperson said a mattress accidentally caught fire.
AFD said firefighters revived the man and then ATCEMS medics took over care. ATCEMS said the man’s injuries aren’t considered life threatening, although it said the injuries are “potentially serious.”
AFD said the call came in around 8:20 a.m., and some people who lived around the unit were evacuated. AFD said it didn’t know exactly how many other units or people were affected by the fire.
The city of Austin said staff is working on cleanup efforts due to the water released by the sprinkler system.