San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

December 27th, 2008
Fire marshal identifies victim of house fire

From the city of San Marcos

San Marcos fire officials have identified the victim of a fatal Christmas day fire as Aurelio Pastrano, Jr., 52, of 211 Luck Street in San Marcos.

Pastrano’s body was found in the bedroom of the home that was engulfed in flames shortly after noon on Christmas day.

Fire Marshal Ken Bell said that the man was positively identified after an autopsy was conducted Friday morning by the Travis County Medical Examiner. No cause of death was released.

Pastrano’s brother, Santos Pastrano was standing barefoot and disoriented in the front yard of the home when firefighters arrived as flames shot from the windows, attic and porch.  Firefighters discovered the victim in a bedroom of the home while conducting a search and rescue.

“The fire appears to have originated near a couch in the living room,” Bell said. “However the cause is still under investigation.” Officials are awaiting lab results for a final determination of the cause of the fire.

Santos Pastrano was arrested for public intoxication and was expected to be released Saturday afternoon.

Two firefighters were injured battling the blaze. One suffered a shoulder injury and was transferred to Central Texas Medical Center where he was treated and released. Another suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene.

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