AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man died in a travel trailer that caught fire Friday afternoon in south Travis County.
The Manchaca Fire Department responded to the fire on Hickory Ridge Road around 12:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived, the mobile home was “fully involved,” says the Austin Fire Department, which helped put out the flames.
A neighbor tried to pull the man out of the trailer, but he died at the scene.
“He made an actual rescue,” Thayer Smith, division chief with Austin Fire, said about the neighbor. “He was able to get in and get the victim out; However, by that time the injuries were too severe.”
A nearby neighbor, Mike Tolle, said he was on his way to the victim’s house when he learned the tragic news.
“I just didn’t get off the porch,” Tolle said. “I wish I would have now.”
Tolle and others are remembering the victim and are left to wonder what happened.
I’ll never see him again,” Tolle said. “He was like me, he didn’t have any teeth, but he always had a smile for you and whatever would be wrong he would try to think of something good to say and be upbeat.”
The victim has not been identified. Austin-Travis County EMS says the person who died is a man in his 50s.
“I hope he’s in a better place,” Tolle said. “God, rest him.”
No word on what caused the fire.