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First responders start new year with more than 120 calls after midnight

The house fire resulted in no fatalities. (AFD)

Austin first responders had a chaotic start to the New Year, beginning with more than 120 calls to the Austin Fire Department before 2 a.m. and a car crash that left one dead this morning.

Calls to AFD started before midnight and over a hundred were made in the first two hours after midnight, including a house fire and 18 dumpster fires.

Some fires were caused by New Year festivities, like an East Austin blaze that started after fireworks were discarded in a trashcan. Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire before it spread past the fence.

AFD and firefighters from Kyle responded to a brush fire in Buda around 10:40 p.m. The flames were put out and believed to be caused by fireworks.

Firefighters responded to a Sheraton Ave. house fire early this morning, rescuing a dog that was home alone with ATCEMS treating a bystander who was injured while trying to break the windows.

And around 6 a.m. this morning, the first traffic fatality of the year was reported by Austin-Travis County EMS. A driver crashed into a tree, which caught fire, and died shortly after.


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