12:30 p.m. update: A fire at a Northwest Austin apartment complex has been extinguished, but dozens are displaced after flames tore through the 24-unit building, torching 12 units, officials said.
No people or animals were injured in the fire, Jollyville Fire Chief John Kiracofe said. However, no one will be able to stay in the building Christmas night since power and utilities have been cut as investigators work to determine the cause of the blaze, Kiracofe said.
Residents who are displaced have packed the leasing office at The Hendrix Apartments, which is located in the 9800 block of Copper Creek Drive near Cedar Park, many who lost everything.
Apartment staff and the Red Cross are assisting the displaced and will find units in the complex where residents can sleep tonight, Red Cross spokesperson Rick Perkins said.
The fire was first reported at 9:23 a.m., officials said. By afternoon, crews were still extinguishing hotspots in the building. A previous fire burned in the same complex in December 2012, destroying three buildings, Kiracofe said.
Earlier: Firefighters are battling a large apartment fire on Christmas Day in northwest Austin, according to reports from the Austin Fire Department.
The blaze has enveloped Building 9 at the International Residence Apartments in the 9800 block of Copper Creek Drive, the fire department said. According to officials, the building is “heavily involved” but firefighters are working to bring the the fire under control.
The same complex suffered a major fire in December of 2012, the department said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.