4:20 p.m. THURSDAY, JAN. 9: Investigators have not found reason to suspect foul play or criminal activity in the trailer house fire that killed two people early Wednesday, the Hays County fire marshal said this afternoon.
“We have additional work before a definitive cause can be determined. We have not found any signs of an intentionally set fire at this time,” fire marshal Mark Chambers said.
The home, located in the 300 block of Oak Meadows Drive off Hilliard Road, was known to have electrical problems and was heated with a wood-burning stove, the fire marshal said. Chambers said he is not prepared to pinpoint an exact cause but either the electrical problems or the stove might have contributed.
Authorities will not release names of two middle-aged people who perished in the blaze, Chambers said, until their identities have been confirmed by the Travis County Medical Examiners office, which is conducting autopsies.
Two people died in a fire that consumed a trailer home early Wednesday in the 300 block of Oak Meadows Drive, near Hilliard Road in an unincorporated area of Hays County between San Marcos and Wimberley.
Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers, who is investigating the fire along with the sheriff’s office, said this afternoon that he is “almost 100 percent sure” who the victims are, but is awaiting information from the Travis County Medical Examiners Office before releasing names.
“We’ve talked to the family and we’re pretty sure we know who they are. But you hate to come back in a week and say, ‘Oops,’” Chambers told the San Marcos Mercury.
He likewise said he is not prepared to say definitively what caused the blaze. South Hays Fire Department firefighters were notified of the fire at 2:35 a.m. Jan. 8 and arrived to find the trailer already completely engulfed, Chambers said.
Chambers said he anticipates releasing more information about the fire this afternoon.
COVER: This photo was taken by South Hays firefighters shortly after arriving at the scene of a trailer house fire early Wednesday in the 300 block of Oak Meadows Drive.Email | Print