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Two overnight fires turn deadly

Two overnight fires in Austin turned deadly despite firefighters' best efforts.

One fire in East Austin broke out in a neighborhood near Airport and Springdale around 2:30am. Next door neighbors saw the fire, called 911, and then tried knocking on doors to get people out of the burning home. Three people were rescued from a house at the front of the property; rescuers pulled a fourth from a building at the back of the property. A search revealed a fifth victim dead inside the home, reported to be an elderly woman in her mid 90s.

A second, unrelated fire in Southeast Austin was called in shortly after 3:00am at 6226 Wagon Bend Trail, in the Dove Springs neighborhood. Neighbors told officials they heard popping sounds and heard a woman screaming in the yard about her chidlren. Seven people were in the home at the time; sadly, two young children, ages 5 and 7, were pronounced dead at the scene.

In both cases, no indication of cause has been determined yet.


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07/10/2012 7:26AM
Two overnight fires turn deadly
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