More than a dozen East Austin residents are without a home after an apartment fire sparked Saturday night.
Many of them lost nearly everything and now, our local Red Cross chapter is hoping to get them back on their feet.
Residents say it all happened so fast.
"I heard some yelling and screaming so I thought, let me go outside and see what happened. So I get outside and I heard somebody say fire. Then I noticed the smoke over here. I ran into the back and looked and I saw an orange glow," says Patrick Lewis, Resident
The Austin Fire Department tells us they received a call just before 10:00 Saturday night in regards to heavy fire.
They responded to 1512 Wheless Lane where they found the roof of the apartment building engulfed in flames.
"So much smoke coming out of my apartment through the vents and everything. I said, we can't even sit up here. So we went to the field over there and sat out there," says Lewis.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within 15 minutes.
We're told seven units were affected by smoke and water; another 20 units suffered minor smoke damage.
AFD says initially there were around 40 people displaced.
At this time there are 15, who are all receiving assistance through the American Red Cross of Central Texas.
"One of the important things in addition to food, clothing and shelter is that we provide hope. There is someone out there whenever disasters do happen, we're here to help them out and make sure they are not alone," says Sylvester Palacios, American Red Cross of Central Texas.
The fire caused an estimated $400-thousand worth of damage.
Residents say they're just glad they're safe.
"I didn't want to lose everything and the main thing, I hoped nobody got hurt," says Lewis.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.