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More than 100 firefighters battle blaze that spread to Austin hotel

Austin Fire Department responded to a fire in south Austin that started in an abandoned three-story building before spreading to the Casulo Hotel, AFD said. (Credit: Cody Houston Smith via Storyful)

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Over 120 firefighters worked to put out a fire that started in an abandoned three-story building along busy Interstate 35 in Austin, Texas, and spread to a nearby hotel.

The Austin Fire Department posted to X on Wednesday about their response to the structure fire around 2:10 p.m. The number of alarms continued being upgraded, eventually ending up as a four-alarm fire that prompted a massive response. 

Winds are blamed for causing the fire to spread to the Casulo Hotel, fire officials said. The hotel was operational at the time and already in the process of being evacuated, FOX 7 Austin reported. 

The fire was so large, many in the major Texas city posted pictures and videos of the flames and smoke on social media. 


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    An Austin Fire Department truck on the scene of the fire along a busy interstate in central Texas. (@AustinFireInfo/X)

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    The Casulo Hotel was operating at the time, and it was safely evacuated. (@AustinFireInfo/X)

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    Heavy smoke can be seen at the four-alarm fire site in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 28, 2024. (@AustinFireInfo/X)

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    A firefighter sprays what remains following a structure collapse. (@AustinFireInfo/X)

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    Firefighters had to fight the intense blaze from the exterior. (@AustinFireInfo/X)

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    Skeletal remains of the structure can be seen in this photo shared by the Austin Fire Department. (@AustinFireInfo/X)


The fire was reported under control at 8:45 p.m. One firefighter was injured and there were no civilian injuries, AFD said. There was a structural collapse on the second floor with multiple exposures.

The cause of the fire and damages are under investigation. 

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