AUSTIN EDITION Recreational fire in yard damages garage

From staff reports

Austin firefighters extinguished a large backyard fire that damaged a neighboring garage Sunday evening.

Matthew Sturm, 21, reported a large leaf and grass fire about 10 p.m. at his home at 1912 Sixth Ave. N.E., police Capt. Curt Rude said. The blaze melted the siding on a garage next door, he said.

Sturm said he had been raking leaves into a recreational fire he started in a pit, Rude said. It eventually spread out of control.

Rude didn't have damage estimates.

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