28 displaced in Round Rock apartment fire


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 6:13 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of an apartment fire in Round Rock.

"There's speculation, but we don't have a defined cause yet. We have our investigators looking into that as soon as the scene's been cleared," said Round Rock Fire Chief David Coatney.

Firefighters received the call around 11:40 a.m. Friday. When they arrived at the Westwind apartments located at 1221 Chisolm Valley Drive just south of McNeil Road, they say the fire was coming through the roof of the building.

Coatney told KVUE it took about 30 minutes to knock the main portion of the fire down. Firefighters spent the next five hours putting out hot spots.

Resident Kyle Palmer tells KVUE he thinks the fire started on his balcony on the second floor.

"I woke up facing the sliding glass doors, and the blinds were open and there was fire on my patio," Palmer said.

All residents have been accounted for. No injuries have been reported.

About 28 people were displaced and 16 apartments burned. The fire department is working with the apartment complex leasing office to find additional units for them.

KVUE viewer Paul Munoz sent us this video of the fire: