Fire displaces 11 families, causes $1 million in damage

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News, photojournalist MATT OLSEN, KVUE.com and the Associated Press

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 11:58 PM

AUSTIN -- Fire investigators are still trying to determine what caused an early Tuesday morning apartment fire, displacing 18 people and causing $1 million in damages.

It broke out around 3:45 a.m. at the Landmark at Barton Creek Apartments at 1781 Spyglass Drive.  Firefighters managed to get the fire under control after upgrading the blaze to a two-alarm event.

Firefighters said when they arrived, had already pushed flames through the roof of at least one unit.

One person was reportedly about to jump from a second-floor balcony when crews rescued them.

Two apartment units suffered damage. The investigation into what caused the fire is underway.

Investigators believe the fire caused $750,000 in structural damage and another $250,000 to property.

The Red Cross of Central Texas helped 11 displaced families with shelter, clothing and food. For information on how to donate to the displaced families, go here.

Our viewer Nathan Reid shot video of the fire and uploaded it to YouTube. Watch below:

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