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UPDATE: Many UT Students Dispaced Following Overnight Fire

Updated: Monday, August 25 2014, 03:15 PM CDT

3 p.m. UPDATE: AFD investigators say the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials. Damages are estimated at $375,000.

The American Red Cross says they have set up a temporary shelter at the UT Rec Sports Center located at 2001 San Jacinto.

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An overnight fire at a Central Austin apartment complex displaced 35 people, mostly UT students, just two days before the start of school. It happened at the Walnut Run Apartments near 32nd and Helms, just north of the UT campus.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters say the call came in at 2:27 a.m. When crews arrived they found heavy flames and smoke coming from the balcony area of a second floor apartment. AFD officials say the flames got close to an adjacent building, so they evacuated those residents, along with residents of Walnut Run.  They say about 70 people were evacuated. It took crews 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

Around 5 a.m., AFD crews began escorting residents inside the units to get their belongings. Officials with the Red Cross tell us many of the residents are able to stay with friends, but Red Cross is working with UT to provide housing for students. They've also set up a shelter at the Rec Center on the UT campus.

AFD officials say investigators will be back during daylight hours to look into the cause. They did not have a damage estimate available on scene.

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UPDATE: Many UT Students Dispaced Following Overnight Fire


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