Mu­sic writer in­jured in blaze

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

A free­lance writer for nu­mer­ous lo­cal and na­tional pub­li­ca­tions was in good con­di­tion at Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge af­ter the North Austin home he was rent­ing burned Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The home in the 6100 block of Shoal Creek Boule­vard was fully en­gulfed in flames when fire­fight­ers ar­rived, said Austin Fire Di­vi­sion Chief Mike Frick. Michael Point, 56, suf­fered burns to his feet and in­hala­tion burns and was found a few blocks away from the home, of­fi­cials said.

Fire Depart­ment of­fi­cials said the fire was in­ten­tion­ally set. The fire re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and no charges have been filed. They es­ti­mated the dam­age at $250,000 for the struc­ture and $100,000 for the con­tents.

Neigh­bor Jim Bryce iden­ti­fied the home’s oc­cu­pant as Point, a free­lance writer on mu­sic and pro­fes­sional base­ball who fre­quently con­trib­uted sto­ries on jazz and blues mu­sic to the Amer­i­can-States­man in the 1980s and 1990s. He cov­ered the Round Rock Ex­press’ first three sea­sons for the States­man and has writ­ten for Down­beat mu­sic mag­a­zine, Base­ball Amer­ica and the Austin Chron­i­cle, among other pub­li­ca­tions.

Court records show that Point was fac­ing pos­si­ble evic­tion for fail­ure to pay rent. An evic­tion hear­ing had been set for to­day in Jus­tice of the Peace Court No. 5 but was post­poned af­ter the fire.

Point de­clined to com­ment Wed­nes­day.

Jay Jan­ner

A fire broke out at this home on Shoal Creek Boule­vard on Wed­nes­day, in­jur­ing one per­son. The blaze is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but au­thor­i­ties said it was in­ten­tion­ally set.

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