Man suffers serious burns in house fire

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalists KENNETH NULL & DATHAN HULL

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Posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 4:41 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas -- An Elroy man is in the hospital suffering from serious burns after fire broke out in his home.

Neighbors on Chalet Drive woke up to the man knocking on their door around 12:30 a.m. Monday. 

“He said 'Call 911, my house is on fire,'” said Lucia Davila.
 
Davila ran back to grab the phone and called for help.
 
“I could see the flames and the glass breaking and everything because when I was talking to 911, I was telling them the windows are breaking.”
 
Chief Ken bailey with Travis County ESD #11 says when firefighters arrived the flames had spread throughout the home.
 
At the time they thought the man who lived in the home was safe outside. They quickly focused on defensive maneuvers to knock the fire out. After the flames were out, firefighters found the man still inside, unconscious on the first floor. They now believe he went back inside after talking to his neighbors.
 
“By the time we came back here to the door [after calling 911] he was gone,” said Davila. “We didn’t know if he had gone back inside or if he was in the car, because the [car] doors…they were open.”
 
Paramedics have only identified the victim as a 40-year-old man. He was rushed to UMC Brackenridge. Once stabilized he was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center with serious burns.
 
The cause of the fire is still unknown. The Travis County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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