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3 homeless camp fires erupt in less than 24 hours, 1 ruled intentional

The historic Buford Fire Tower, located at Cesar Chavez and Colorado Street, erupted in flames last night after a nearby homeless camp fire extended to the building. Additionally, two other fires that occurred Friday morning are being contained.


The fire at the tower damaged the exterior of the building. The Austin Fire Department ruled the cause of the fire "incendiary," or intentional.

The first Friday morning fire took place at 780 Bastrop Hwy. at a state-sanctioned homeless camp. AFD reports four of 11 units at the camp were damaged. The department is investigating the cause of the fire.

The next fire took place at a homeless camp on the 5900 Block of E. Riverside Dr. and the 400 block of I-35. AFD does not believe it was intentional.

All fires are being contained and investigated.

AFD told KVUE that "these are becoming more common."

These were three of eight fires that occurred in the last 24 hours, the others not at homeless sites.

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