One killed in Austin house fire

August 26, 2017 GMT

AUSTIN — An early morning house fire claimed the life of an Austin woman today.

Austin firefighters responded to a 911 emergency call around 5:30 a.m. for a residential fire in the 1600 block of Fourth Street Southwest.

When firefighters arrived, flames were visible on the roof. About 20 firefighters fought the flames. While searching the home, firefighters discovered a 40-year-old woman inside a bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Fire Chief Jim McCoy said.

Neighbors and several displaced residents of the home were consoling one another, some sobbing uncontrollably as firefighters searched the property. Fire trucks and police cars blocked off the area.

Seven people lived in the home. The woman who died was the only one home at the time of the fire. There were no reports of other injuries.

“An autopsy will be conducted,” McCoy said. “The identity will not be released until the family has been notified.”

The state fire marshal’s office was on scene, investigating the cause of the blaze and where the fire started. No damage estimates were available this morning.