Man found dead in grass after Bastrop home burns

Fatal Bastrop fire scene on Ash Street (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
Fatal Bastrop fire scene on Ash Street (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A man was found dead outside of a trailer on fire when first responders arrived at the scene after midnight Thursday morning.

According to the Bastrop County Emergency Service District 2 chief, crews were called to the scene at 12:37 a.m. on reports of an explosion with possibly injury.

When firefighters arrived at the scene at 172 Ash Street they found a single-wide trailer half covered in heavy fire. Crews posted on the ESD 2 Facebook page that they fire was extinguished around 3 a.m.

A man, identified by Bastrop County officials as Donald Chambers, 68, was found laying in the grass outside of the home dead. Investigators said the body had some burns.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the scene. The ESD 2 chief said the investigation would likely take weeks.

Last week, ESD 2 crews responded to a single-story home near Paige that was fully engulfed. One person died in that fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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