A fire at Arthouse, a contemporary art center undergoing a $6.6 million renovation, has shut down Congress Avenue, between Seventh and Eighth streets.
According to an Arthouse employee, tweeting about the fire, firefighters have brought the blaze under control. According to the tweets, it was caused by a roof tar cooker. An Austin police report attributed the fire to a generator.
A column of smoke is visible for several blocks and traffic is backing up in both directions.