Man found with ‘severe burns’ following search

Authorities spent more than an hour Saturday afternoon searching for a man in NW Travis County. (Alex Penrose / KXAN)
Authorities spent more than an hour Saturday afternoon searching for a man in NW Travis County. (Alex Penrose / KXAN)

LEANDER (KXAN) — STARFlight, APD Air One and EMS crews spent part of Saturday afternoon searching for a man with burns and other injuries following a fire in Leander Saturday. They continue searching for a second possible burn victim.

At about 2:20 p.m. Saturday, fire broke out in a mobile home in the 11600 block of Lindeman Loop in Northwest Travis County.

About an hour later, Travis County Sheriff’s Office officials said an injured white man approached another person in the 21600 block of Highclimb Court, near the scene of the fire. That person called 911, saying the man was wearing no shirt and had burns to his hands and torso. The victim then took off on foot into a wooded area in the nearby Balcones Wildlife Refuge, TCSO said.

Officials believed his injuries came from the fire on Lindeman Loop.

After searching for several hours, authorities located the 43-year-old man in the wooded area. He was transported via STARFlight to the burn center at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He had burns on about 40% of his body, according to Austin-Travis County EMS officials.

The victim told authorities another man, who he didn’t know, was inside the home during the fire. Authorities continue their search for him.

The second possible victim is described as a Hispanic male wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. Officials say he may also have burns on his body.

Please contact the Travis County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information.

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