Austonia AM
×
becomeMemberIcon

become a member

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.

Popular

Austin FC fans have been mostly maskless before the city upgraded to Stage 4 COVID restrictions July 23. (Austin FC/Twitter)

In a scene that seemed to mark the pandemic's triumphant end, over 20,000 mostly maskless fans packed into Q2 Stadium for Austin FC's debut at Austin's first professional sports stadium in June. That mask-free utopia couldn't have been possible even a month before, and it may not be possible once more as Austin and the CDC returns to mask recommendations again for the first time since May.

Keep Reading Show less

Camp Esperanza, the state-sanctioned homeless camp in Southeast Austin, opened in late 2019 and is home to approximately 150 people. (Jordan Vonderhaar)

After Austin voters passed Proposition B, reinstating a ban on public camping, City Council directed staff to look into possible sanctioned campsites where homeless residents could live legally. Now two members are asking to shelve discussion on the controversial topic.

Keep Reading Show less

(Shutterstock)

Don't lose your mask just yet—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is now recommending masks in areas that are surging as cases rise nationwide and the Delta variant looms.

Keep Reading Show less