Plane crash, morning house fire connected

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by KVUE News

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Posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 19 at 11:18 PM

A seemingly unrelated house fire in North Austin that happened at least an hour before the plane crash was not an isolated incident after all.

The house that burned Thursday morning on Dapplegrey Lane, near Metric and Parmer in North Austin, was owned by Joseph Stack.

KVUE photographer Scott Guest was on scene just minutes after fire crews were called.

Flames and black smoke could be seen coming from the home shortly after neighbors heard what some say was an explosion.

“My wife and I were both in the house and we heard a noise and unusual noise, we ran out in the yard and we immediately saw the smoke and the flame coming out the windows of the upper story,” said Elbert Hutchins, neighbor.

“When I heard the explosion, I immediately saw what looked like glitter in the air, and in fact it was glass. Then I heard it hit Metric and the street behind it. I ran over to the back of the house. I didn’t see any smoke or flames at the time I looked over the fence in the back of the house and then shortly after that there were smoke and flames,” said Dane Vick, neighbor.

Firefighters say the home was completely gutted by the fire.

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