Fire damages vacant Bloomington mobile home

Victoria County deputies and firefighters respond to a fire Friday night at a vacant home in Bloomington. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and no injuries were reported by the Victoria County Fire Department.

Victoria County fire investigators are continuing their investigation into a burned Bloomington mobile home where a search warrant was executed in April.

Investigators have determined the fire started beneath a back bedroom in a 1½-foot crawl space under the vacant single-wide mobile home at 63 San Antonio Ave., said Victoria County Fire Marshal Richard Castillo. According to Victoria County property records, the home is owned by Robert Beck.

But officials have not determined how the fire began and have, for the time being, ruled its cause as indeterminate, he said.

Fire damages vacant Bloomington mobile home

Neighbors watch from across the street as officials investigate a mobile home fire in Bloomington.

Although fire investigators have exhausted their investigation of the physical evidence, they are continuing their investigation through interviews of nearby residents, Castillo said.

“At this point, we have not closed the case,” he said, adding detection devices found no hint of accelerant or fuel in the burned home.

But county fire investigators have concluded their investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant Victoria County home that burned Monday night.

Castillo said a short-circuited wire in the attic caused the one-story home at 52 Hambleton Road to catch fire.

The home, which was undergoing renovations by its owner, Bob Hill, who lives behind it, had power at the time.

That blaze, Castillo said, has been ruled an accident.

Neither burned home was covered by insurance.

52 Hambleton Road

A Victoria Fire Department firefighter takes a break after a house fire at 52 Hambleton Road was extinguished.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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