Fire destroys far south Austin home Tuesday morning

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin fire crews say a home in far south Austin was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

Crews arrived just after 1 a.m. at the two-story home on Arikara River Drive near Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park, and it was fully engulfed.

AFD says a man and a woman inside the home got out safely but were taken to the hospital to be checked out for smoke inhalation.

It took 30 minutes to get the fire under control, AFD said, and crews were still putting out hotspots on the second floor three hours later.

Fire crews have not been able to enter the home because of the danger of collapse. They say all of the second-level floors collapsed onto the first floor.

According to AFD, the man and woman were the only two inside the home when the fire broke out. They were awoken when smoke started coming in from under their door. They left the house by a second-floor window.

AFD said a dog inside the home likely died in the fire.

Austin-Travis County EMS says they took the two adults to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. AFD will have crews at the scene most of the morning putting out hot spots and flare-ups.

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