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Austwell man, 84, dies in house fire

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
June 2, 2013 at 1:02 a.m.


An Austwell man died in a house fire about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Austwell Fire Chief Rick Loughman said Sunday.

Lupe Martinez, 84, the father of Austwell Assistant Fire Chief, Ismael Martinez, was pronounced dead by Refugio precinct 1 Judge Lorraine Lopez at the scene, a single-family home on Main Street.

Loughman said Refugio, Tivoli and Austwell fire departments responded to the fire, and extinguished the flames about 3 a.m.

More than 18 volunteer firefighters were on scene, and at least two remained on scene until 11 a.m. Sunday.

The home is a total loss, and Loughman said the Martinez family will temporarily be staying in a donated recreational vehicle until they can find a permanent residence.

Donations for money and clothing are needed for the family, Loughman said.

Check Monday's Victoria Advocate and victoriaadvocate.com for updates on this story.

If you would like to speak with reporter Jennifer Preyss about this story, please contact her at jpreyss@vicad.com or 361-574-1222.

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