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Local man sustains serious burns in fire


Top Hat employee Francisco Cordello works on cleanup of cargo trailer after Thursday fire. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Top Hat employee Francisco Cordello works on cleanup of cargo trailer after Thursday fire. Reporter/Mike Brown A 19-year-old Rockdale man sustained what were termed “serious and extensive” burns after a cargo trailer at a local firm exploded and burned late Thursday.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said Darien Ramirez was taken first to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, then transferred to a burn center in Dallas.

Newlin said Ramirez told police he was walking by the Top Hat Services, an industrial painting company at the corner of Calhoun and West Cameron (US 79), when the trailer exploded and he was burned.

“He appeared to have quite severe burns,” Newlin said. “The trailer was fully engulfed in flames.”

The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department was called at 9:55 p.m.

Newlin said police are currently investgating the incident “as an arson.”

Damages were termed extensive to the cargo trailer and to the items inside.

Other fire calls for the RVFD volunteers during the past week were:

• 6:32 p.m. Friday, smoke coming from a ceiling fan, 2006 O’Kelley Road.

• 9:45 a.m. Saturday, report of smoke in residence, 105 South Pear. Source of smoke located, RVFD found no fire.

• 4:01 p.m. Thursday, grass fire, corner of County Roads 334 and 322.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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