Two killed in Hays County trailer fire


by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News, photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS and

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 7:35 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Hays County law enforcement agencies are investigating what caused a fire at a trailer home, killing the two people inside.

The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 in the 300 block of Oak Meadows near Hilliard Road in San Marcos.

Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said two middle-aged people inside the trailer home were killed. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

“The South Hays Fire Department and our offices responded. Two bodies were discovered after the fire was extinguished. They were taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and identification," Chambers said.

Neighbors said the proximity of the fire made them nervous their own homes were in danger.

"There were huge flames and sparks flying in the air," said neighbor Wayne Lloyd. "I was afraid it was going to catch all my trees on fire and get my house on fire. I've got my wife and two kids and animals, and it's a scary thing."

Lloyd claimed this isn't the first time there's been a fire on the property. He said a fire started just 2 years ago and in these dry conditions, he's been worried ever since.

"The flames were like 100 feet in the air, I think it was like 5-alarm there was a propane tank that exploded," he remembered.

Lloyd lives about 300 feet away from the trailer home. He's lived there for 25 years and works there as an artist.

"I was out here with the hose, hosing down my place just to try and help it if it did spread over here," Lloyd said. "When there's wind, it wouldn't take anything at all for my place to catch on fire, and that's what I'm really worried about."

Lloyd said an older man owns the property, but he hasn't seen him in about a year, so he was surprised to hear someone was inside during the fire.

"He was a pretty nice guy, but he had a bunch of junk, and I was always afraid something was going to catch fire," Lloyd said. "It's a scary, scary thing to go through."

The Hays County fire marshal said the home did have electrical concerns and an active wood-burning stove at the time of the fire. No criminal or suspicious activity is suspected. The home did not have smoke alarms.


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