Welding work caused 3-story condo fire in downtown Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — After fighting a 3-story condo fire in the 600 block of West Lynn Street in downtown Austin Tuesday for approximately an hour, Austin firefighters have it under control.

The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire at the corner of West Lynn Street and West Sixth Street just before 11 a.m. The fire department upgraded to a two-alarm shortly after arriving to the fire. Then, around 11:25 a.m., the fire was upgraded to a third alarm but then was canceled shortly thereafter since firefighters were able to get a control on the fire.

AFD says a person was doing welding work which caused the fire on the second floor. The fire then moved into the third floor attic area of the 12-unit condo complex. Smoke could be seen billowing from the area via KXAN’s Austonian camera for nearly an hour. By 11:45 a.m., the thick black smoke had dissipated and the fire was classified as under control.

One unit had heavy damage. Four had water, smoke and fire control damage. A firewall was able to protect seven units from any damage, according to AFD. The fire caused around $750,000 worth of structural damage and $150,000 worth of content damage.

No one was injured. Eighteen people were displaced but Red Cross is assisting.

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