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Warehouse fire in southeast Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters are working to put out a fire at a warehouse, home to a 3D printing construction company, in south Austin early Friday morning.

Austin Fire Department said the The warehouse is on St. Elmo Road near Industrial Boulevard. This is via East Ben White Boulevard and I-35.

Austin Fire Chief Stephen Truesdale said paramedics leaving Austin Hospital noticed the fire around 3:30 a.m. and notified the department. He said the fire had been burning for “some time” before the crew spotted the fire.

Chief Truesdale said that when firefighters arrived, at least two buildings were completely submerged. The fire took a while to get under control due to its size. With most of the building collapsed, the firefighters are unable to enter.

One of the companies affected is “The Yard”. Austin Fire said this is where the main fire was and it appears to be under construction. The business is “home to everything from alcohol production, 3D design/printing builders, and creative studios,” according to the business’ website.

Truesdell’s boss said the fire had spread to ICON, a 3D printing construction company. The Austin-based tech company has partnered with the Texas Military Department to build the nation’s largest 3D-printed barracks at Camp Swift near Bastrop. She also worked with NASA to design and build a reusable lander that could be 3D printed from materials found on the Moon and worked with a nonprofit organization in Austin to build homes for people experiencing homelessness.

Agence France-Presse said there were no reports of injuries. About 66 Austin Travis County firefighters and emergency responders responded to the blaze.

Crews would remain on the scene for the next several hours to work in the hot spots. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire as crews work to contain it.

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