UPDATE: Mayor’s house likely a total lossPublished 5:07pm Friday, July 18, 2014
Austin Mayor Tom and Sarah Stiehm’s house will likely be declared a total loss after a fire tore through the home starting at about 7 a.m. Friday.
The mayor and his wife made it safely out of the home with one of their black labs, Harper, and another dog staying at the home. The Stiehms’s other black lab, Annie, 8, succumbed to the flames.
The house floors caved in from the flames and there was extensive smoke damage throughout the house, according to Fire Chief Jim McCoy.
“There’s a lot of damage,” he said.
The Stiehms are arranging a place to stay through their insurance agent, according to Tom. The couple recovered few possessions from the flames.
The state fire marshal is investigating the fire. Officials believe the fire started in the basement. Firefighters got the flames under control by 8:15 a.m. and were cleared by 10:30 a.m. The cause of the fire, as well as a damage estimate, is unknown.