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Structure fire at two businesses in one warehouse in South Austin

Once firefighters were on the scene, a second alarm had started going off for a 200,000-square foot warehouse that had flames through the roof.

AUSTIN, Texas — There is an ongoing structure fire on East St. Elmo Road early Friday morning.

At 4:22 a.m., the Austin Fire Department (AFD) tweeted that there was a structure fire in the 400 block of East St. Elmo Road in East Congress district of South Austin. The business at this location is ICON, which 3D prints homes. 

Once firefighters were on the scene, a second alarm had started going off for a 200,000-square-foot warehouse that had flames through the roof. The warehouse is nearby to the original structure fire. 

"We found the back building completely involved and was extending into the front building," said AFD Division Chief Steven Truesdale. "It took us quite awhile to get the fire under control just due to the volume of fire that we had on arrival."

No other buildings in the surrounding area were in danger of the flames, according to AFD. Investigators are on scene to determine what caused the fire. 

The initial investigation has found that the start of the fire began in The Yard, which is a commercial complex that holds multiple businesses, and then spread to ICON's building. 

ICON tweeted Friday afternoon that it does not expect the fire to have a "meaningful impact" on its business activities.

"When we arrived, [the building on fire] was the one that's under construction, it appears it was open," explained Trusedale. "We see a lot of job boxes and other construction equipment in there so it looks like it was completely vacant other than the construction equipment."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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