Texan Firefighters Respond to 2-Alarm Commercial Fire

Incident Summary

Firefighters from the Austin Fire were dispatched to a commercial building fire located in the 6800 block of East US 290 in Austin (Travis County), Texas.

First Due Images

Firefighters arriving on-scene were met with this fiery image of the structure being fully engulfed and the Incident Commander escalated the first alarm to a second alarm around 1513 PST/1713 CST.

Fire Operations

Firefighters quickly egressed on the fire and were able to knock down most of the fire aroudn 1748 PST/1948 CST with containing damage to the fire building. Exposure buildings were saved and not being reported as damaged or destroyed.

The fire building, a 16-unit structure is considered to be a total loss.

Location of Fire Building

These are the Menlo at Mueller, luxurious homes centralized near Highways 290 and 183 and near Interstate 5, as well as near Austin’s city center, shopping, dining and recreational districts.

Credit | Zillow


No word on the cause of the fire and no preliminary report has been released yet.

The cause is under investigation.


No reports of injuries to residents, the public or to firefighters were reported.

Evacuee Resources

The American Red Cross was called to help an unknown number of residents. The property manager was also said to be assisting with their tenants’ needs.


Austin is a vibrant City that proudly is host to many great venues with shopping, entertainment, recreational and additional opportunities in mind for all walks of life.  It is also a fabulous place to photograph, as you can see in the image below. Credit:  Michael Barera (under the Creative Common or CC SA 4.0)

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The City is the Capital of Texas and the largest in Travis County and considered one of the most populated cities in Texas. Texas is home to 964,254 residents, as of their 2018 census records.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/20 @ 1850 PST/2050 CST.


Seattle Fire’s International District Fire *Update*

Seattle, Washington – Firefighters were dispatched around 1557 hours yesterday to an apartment fire that would turn into a two-alarm blaze.  The fire located in the three-story structure included businesses on the first floor with two upper residential unoccupied not maintained floors.

Firefighters fought the blaze from a defensive tactic knowing that the upper two floors were unoccupied and not maintained.   Throughout fighting the fire with several Ladder pipes and hose lines over the course of time, Firefighters were concerned with a possible collapse of the upper two floors forcing them to back fire apparatus away from the building.  A collapse zone was created for all of South King Street and fire apparatus was moved back outside of that zone.

Seattle Fire states, “Residents living in two apartment complexes located directly across the alley and west of the fire building were evacuated. King County Metro provided a bus as a warming shelter for the 20 adults and 2 children who were initially evacuated from their homes. The American Red Cross worked with the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Parks to set up an overnight warming shelter at the International District/Chinatown Community Center located at 719 8th Avenue South.”

Around 2023 Hours, Seattle Fire reported the fire under control, however, Firefighters continued to deal with hotspots throughout the night into the morning.

The cause is still under investigation.  The Fire Marshal has yet gained access to the fire building.  There is no estimated cost of damages known at this time.

Thankfully, there were no injuries reported and all Firefighters and Command Staff went safely home.  There are current additional relief firefighters on scene as we write this post.


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