One person is in the hospital Sunday after a large structure fire in North Austin. Firefighters say it could have been a lot worse.
The Austin Fire Department responded to 10420 Metric Blvd. at around 10:00 am. This is after a nearly 30,000 square-foot industrial building caught fire. Officials say there were trash compactors and large bales of material inside, creating a tremendous amount of smoke. Large fans were used to blow out all of the heat and firefighters even had to cut holes on top of the structure. We're told one person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
"Our crews were reporting such thick smoke that when they walked in, they couldn't even see their hand in front of their face. As more and more smoke was building up, it was coming out every nook of the building. We were concerned that with the smoke, there was a build-up of heat. With build-up of heat underneath the roof, it could cause an early collapse. That was one of our biggest concerns early on," says Capt. John Portie, Austin Fire Department.
These type of buildings have been historically known to cause firefighter fatalities. Luckily, that wasn't the case Sunday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.