More than 30 residents displaced by apartment complex fire in North Austin
Austin Fire Department crews and Austin-Travis County EMS medics are responding to a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex in North Austin.
The call came in at around 3:58 a.m. Friday for the Ventura Apartments complex, located at 9133 Northgate Boulevard near West Rundberg Lane and US 183. It’s not clear at this time how many buildings are impacted or how the fire started.
Upon arrival, AFD said the top portion of the complex was engulfed in flames. More than 100 AFD firefighters responded to the scene.
As of ATCEMS’ update via Twitter at 5:15 a.m., at least four people have been taken to hospitals for treatment. Two of the people have critical, life-threatening injuries and were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, one with burns and another with smoke inhalation. Two others were taken to St. David’s Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening. Four other people didn’t want to be taken to a hospital.
According to paramedics, the call came in around 4 a.m. and within 30 minutes the call escalated with a need for more help.
During a briefing Friday, AFD said they were able to save several pets from the building, including a possum. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but even so, AFD reminded people to use care when operating space heaters and other portable devices during cold weather. AFD also said to make sure there are working smoke detectors in your home.