Shed Fire Destroys Man’s Collection

Posted at: 01/04/2013 6:41 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A large shed fire broke out just south of Austin early Friday morning, destroying one man’s prized possessions.

Shortly after 3:30a.m. Friday morning, a large boom awoke everyone living in a house adjacent to the shed. And what they awoke to was tragedy.

“I live in the basement and I heard lots of running,” said Brian Davis. “So I ran out of bed, came outside, and the whole thing, all you could see was fire."

Davis and two other residents sprang into action, working quickly to salvage as much as possible amidst the chaos.

“It was bright, loud, in a mad panic trying to get vehicles out of the way,” Davis said.

Unfortunately there wasn't much they could do. Although firefighters from Austin, Lyle, and Rose Creek arrived quickly, they couldn't stop the flames from spreading throughout the building and destroying everything inside.

Firefighters were initially worried about two large propane tanks stored on the back side of the shed which added another dangerous element to an already dangerous situation."

Part personal storage unit, part warehouse for an internet-based re-sell company, the shed housed a large collection of antiques and collectibles, including everything from juke boxes to motorcycles.

“You name it, it was probably in there," Davis said.

The homeowner, who asked not to be identified, put it simply, saying, “My whole life was in there.”

The building is a total loss and officials with the state fire marshal's office are investigating the incident. Officials say they hope to determine exactly what caused the fire in the next day or so.