Fire prompts evacuations at Williamson County apartment complex

Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A fire at an apartment complex near SH 45 in Williamson County prompted evacuations on Sunday.

“Very disturbing, it’s really scary,” says Faith Metcalf, who lives at The Landing apartments.

“It smelled like they were doing barbecue and all of a sudden we saw a lot of smoke, first. It was just a lot of smoke and then after that the flames started to come out,” describes Aymara Romero, who lives nearby.

The sheriff’s office tweeted about the fire at 7711 O’Connor Dr. just off of FM 620 before 5:40 p.m.

Assistant Chief Paul Ayers with the Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office said 22 people were displaced and the American Red Cross was working to help them.

At last check, no injuries had been reported. Photos from the scene did show heavy smoke and flames blowing high into the sky. Those flames took about an hour and a half to put out.

“Not a good start to Super Bowl Sunday,” says Lori Reyes, who also lives at The Landing.

Reyes was on her way to watch the game when she pulled over.

“As we were pulling up to the building, we saw the smoke and we heard the sirens,” she says.

(Photo: Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody)

Reyes has a friend in that building.

“We do have a friend that lives in building one and we were kind of concerned. We were hoping they get out safe and they did, thank god,” she says.

Metcalf watched first responders for about a half hour worrying about her friend, too.

“When I first moved here she was there for me, showed me around,” Metcalf says.

“I tried to immediately call her or text her and I haven’t gotten anything back; no text, no phone call. And I have no idea if she’s in there or if she was rescued, I have no idea,” she says.

Metcalf since found out her friend and her family were safe.

Assistant Chief Ayers also said the building where the fire happened did not have a sprinkler system, but he was not sure whether the fire code the building had required it.

O’Connor Dr. was closed near the area, but has since reopened.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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