Music writer injured in blaze
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.
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.