VIDEO: A massive fire early Thursday destroyed a South Austin condo under construction and two neighboring apartment buildings, fire officials said.
Austin-Travis County EMS medics took one woman to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with minor injuries as she tried to escape the fire.
Crews first responded around 3:40 a.m. to the 4000 block of Banister Lane, which is just north of Texas 71/Ben White Boulevard. That portion of the street was expected to be closed all day while fire personnel worked the scene, fire officials said.
The fire burned nearby power lines, which led to power outages in the area. Austin Energy reported that as many as 1,000 customers were without electricity but power restoration is ongoing.
Austin school district officials said nearby Galindo Elementary School would not be affected by the outages and classes would continue as scheduled.