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This pre-arrival video is shot and narrated by jerseyforlife who lives in the apartment adjacent to where the light smoke and some fire is visible on arrival from between the second and third floor balconies. The fire, around 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day, was at the Hendrix Apartments in the 9800 block of Copper Creek Drive in Northwest Austin. The Jollyville Fire Department was first on the scene.
The image on the left was from shortly after the first firefighters arrived. The image on the right in about 28 minutes later as firefighters retreat from the second floor.
As you can see in the image above, at 8:10 in the video there is a close call for the firefighters on the second floor balcony.
Dozens of people lost everything Monday when fire tore through a Northwest Austin apartment building almost five years to the day after the same complex sustained much more extensive fire damage.
Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at the Hendrix Apartment Homes, in the 9800 block of Copper Creek Drive, north of Anderson Mill Road, shortly before 9:30 a.m., officials said. The fire was confined to a single building in the complex, but before it was extinguished it destroyed 12 units and rendered the remaining 12 uninhabitable due to smoke and water damage, Jollyville Fire Chief John Kiracofe said.