By: Casey Claiborne
A frantic caller reported a house fire to the Austin Fire Department a little before 9 p.m. Monday night.
When firefighters got to the house on the 2300 block of Willow in East Austin they saw no fire on the outside so they went in.
“Found a small fire in a room and what they described as a subject barricaded by some furniture and cushions in the backroom,” said AFD Division Chief Palmer Buck.
Buck says they put a hose line in the house and put out what fire they saw. Then firefighters tried to get the barricaded man out of the house but he didn’t want to go anywhere.
“He pointed a gun at them. At that point the fire department backed out of the house and APD was already in route,” Buck said.
That’s when SWAT took over.