Fire­fighter dies in plant blaze

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

A vol­un­teer fire­fighter’s body has been found in the charred ru­ins of a South­east Texas egg plant.

The first re­port of the fire came in about 9:30 p.m. Satur­day from the Maxim Pro­duc­tion Co. just out­side Bol­ing-Iago, about 50 miles south­west of Hous­ton. About 15 min­utes later, three fire­fight­ers re­ported that they’d be­come trapped by fall­ing de­bris in the burn­ing 25,000square-foot pro­duc­tion build­ing. Two were res­cued.

Fire of­fi­cials iden­ti­fied the dead fire­fighter as 30-year-old Capt. Thomas Araguz III. Deputy State Fire Mar­shal Jay Evans said Araguz was a mar­ried fa­ther of two and an 11-year vet­eran of the Whar­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, one of 31 de­part­ments that fought the blaze.

Evans said the fire de­stroyed the pro­duc­tion build­ing and main of­fice; the brood house of lay­ing hens was saved.

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