One dead in South Austin house fire


AUSTIN (KXAN) — One person has died in a South Austin house fire, Saturday afternoon.

According to the Austin Fire Department, the fire started around 2 p.m. in the 9000 block of Marsh Dr., several blocks north of West Slaughter Lane. Authorities were at the scene within three to four minutes and the home was fully engulfed with flames coming up out of the roof.

Firefighters ran into the home in an attempt to tackle the fire from the inside, but the fire was so strong they were forced out of the house to fight the fire from the outside. Once they got the flames down, they reentered the home and found a body. AFD cannot confirm at this time any information regarding the deceased.

AFD said they are unsure at this time what caused the fire. The fire department says the home did not have working smoke alarms.

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