Local man sustains serious burns in fire
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.