Southeast Austin home damaged by fire

(Photo: Austin Fire Department)

A family of four lost their home to a devastating fire Friday morning.

The Austin Fire Department responded around 9:20 a.m. to the two-story home on Spring Fever Trail, south of William Cannon.

According to AFD, one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

That man was released from the hospital, and spoke with CBS Austin. He said he kept running inside of his home to rescue his pets. He began struggling to breathe and was unable to save three of his cats.

“I could actually see the smoke from I-35 and William Cannon," said one man who witnessed the fire. "That’s how bad it was. Everything was on fire."

Neighbors said they woke up to the sound of an explosion. Part of the fence and roof of the home next door suffered damage.

The home that caught fire is likely a total loss. The fire department believes the fire started in the back of the home.

“We attempted to go inside of the structure, but, we had to pull our fire fighters out. " said Kelly Gall, Austin Fire Department Spokesperson. "And then we made a defensive attack after that.”

Fire Investigators have ruled this blaze 'undetermined,' with damage estimates of $200,000 for the structure and $75,000 for the contents.

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