Firefighter dies in plant blaze
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.