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Cause of fatal fire determined

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Investigators with Austin Fire Department say a cigarette most likely ignited a fatal fire at a fourplex in north Austin, Friday.

The fire broke out in the 11,000 block of Alpheus Ave. just after 2pm.

Firefighters say heavy flames prevented them from getting to the elderly victim, whose name has not been released. The American Red Cross is assisting seven residents who were displaced following the fire.

A neighbor tells us the victim was sick and may have been bed ridden.

Neighbors we spoke to say that she was a sweet lady with a sense of humor, and they are shocked by what's happened.

"To imagine knowing that your relative burned in the house that y'all lived in I couldn't imagine that feeling," said Breanna Mills.


Meanwhile, investigators in Jollyville are still trying to determine what caused a fire Thursday afternoon on Tamayo Dr.

The fire took the life of Patsy Warford, 76. Warford was home alone at the time of the fire.

The cause of that fire remains under investigation, but investigators have ruled out arson.

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