Liberty Hill man found dead in house fire



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Posted on December 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 3 at 11:47 PM

Williamson County Sheriff detectives and investigators with the State Fire Marshall's office are working together to determine what caused a house fire where a wheelchair bound man was found dead inside.

It happened on Chaparral Road outside of Liberty Hill Thursday evening in an area which locals refer to as "214" because of its proximity to County Road 214.

"(County Road) 214 has a bad reputation ...  drugs, alcohol ... but we've been here for a while, so we're kind of used to this", said Hector Serrato, a neighbor living across the street who called 911 after he and his dad tried unsuccessfully to rescue the victim from his  burning trailer.

Sergeant John Foster with the Williamson County Sheriff's department told KVUE that investigators have a history at the address where the fatal fire happened.

"Violent calls here for service, narcotic-related calls.   To get into details of that like I said we don't know if the people from that period still live here", said Foster.

Foster also said that the trailer where the fire happened was dilapidated and the devastating fire will make finding a cause extremely difficult.

"The person that we have inside the home is so badly burned we really can't say for sure that it's him. We do know that a 51-year old man lives here and that he's confined to a wheelchair here in the residence", said Foster.

As of Friday evening, officials were not releasing the name of the victim.

An autopsy is expected to reveal the cause of death.