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Two elderly women killed in separate Austin-area fires

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It's been a busy 24 hours for Austin-area firefighters. Two elderly women were killed in two different fires.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Jollyville firefighters responded to a burning house in the 13000 block of Tamayo.

Patsy Waterford, 76, didn't make it out.

Her husband wasn't home at the time.

As of Friday afternoon, family and friends were gathering belongings that survived the flames while investigators still worked to find the cause.

Meanwhile, another fire started a little after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon on Alpheus Avenue in the top unit of a fourplex apartment.

Neighbor Juan Guardiola tells us he was on his way to work when his wife pointed out the flames.

"She said there's a fire over there and I realized that's my friend's house," Guardiola said.

He has known the woman and her family that lives inside for years.

We're told the woman was sick and may have been bedridden.

Guardiola tried to save her but she didn't make it out.

"I tried to get [in] as much as I could but it was engulfed in flames. So I took my shirt off to see if I can get a little closer but thinking about myself and my kids also, I'm like there's no way I can...I mean I just couldn't get in there," Guardiola said.

Apparently the person who lives underneath the woman also tried to get her out but was injured in the process.

Batallion Chief Thayer Smith with Austin Fire tells us that person was treated on scene.

He says the best thing to do when you see a fire is call 911.

"Fires these days move so fast that the smoke is so toxic. We certainly don't recommend putting yourself in danger at any point but citizens are going to do the heroic things that citizens do," Smith said.

Both of these fires are still being investigated for the causes.

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