One Person Rescued from Austin Apartment Fire

Smoke detectors alerted residents to the blaze.

Jan. 28--Firefighters rescued at least one person from a blaze at a South Austin apartment complex that damaged a dozen units and drew 55 firefighters.

The fire broke out in a three-story apartment building shortly before 4 a.m. at 1781 Spyglass Drive near MoPac Boulevard, and was upgraded to a two-alarm fire moments later, officials said. It was brought under control shortly after 5 a.m., said Lt. Andre de la Reza.

Crews rescued one person who was trapped on a second-floor balcony and about to jump, de la Reza said.

The blaze heavily damaged the 12-unit building and displaced 18 people, de la Reza said.

De la Reza said smoke detectors played a large part in alerting residents, who evacuated and then called 911, he said.

"It's your cheapest life insurance," de la Reza said.

Officials did not have details on the cause of the fire, and a damage estimate is expected to be released later Tuesday.

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