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Explosion and Fire Fatality in Blue

Local Fire Departments keep blaze from spreading throughout area


PHOTO BY DON MILBURN PHOTO BY DON MILBURN On Saturday, October 29, 2011 at approximately 12:32 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff ’s Office received a 911 call regarding a mobile home fire at 1103 East CR F in a heavily wooded area in Blue Properties, just west of Lexington. The caller stated that he had heard a loud explosion, went outside and saw the mobile home next door fully engulfed in flames.

Arriving at the scene first, the Blue Volunteer Fire Department found the trailer fully engulfed in flames, which had spread to the trees that were only about 20 feet away from the home.

The Lexington VFD, along with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, also arrived at the scene. Upon arrival, an investigation revealed a female, who was by herself, had been inside the mobile home and perished in the fire.

Corrina Lyons, 78 years of age, was recovering from hip surgery, which she had less than two weeks earlier. It was believed that she was also on oxygen and there may have been a wood burning stove in the home. Her daughter, who lived with her, was not at home at the time of the fire.

Once the fire was extinguished by the Fire Departments, the approximate location where the victim may have been inside the residence was determined. A tractor with fork lift was brought to the scene to remove the mobile home roof. Officers found the victim in the remains of the mobile home.

Justice of the Peace, Troy Bise, was called at approximately 1 p.m. to hold the inquest. When he arrived, he ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death and positive identification of the victim.

The body was removed by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home and transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Texas Fire Marshal’s office was called to determine the nature of the fire. The mobile home was a total loss.

Judge Bise said, “The Fire Departments did a remarkable job containing this fire as quickly as they did. The death of an individual is certainly tragic, but with the trees being so close to the trailer, this could easily have turned into another Bastrop fire.”

The mobile home was surrounded by thick woods with some of the trees as close as 20 feet from the home.

Four firefighters from the Blue VFD responded in two trucks. They were Ben Berg, Craig Bayer, Jason Krenek, and Keith Drosche.

Nine firefighters from Lexington VFD responded to the scene with four trucks. Working the fire were Fire Chief Donnie Milburn, Allen Retlaff, Darrell Shed, Phillip Boettcher, Daniel Green, Monroe Schneider, Kristi Simcik, Trey Bell and Tommy Hart. All firefighters left the scene shortly after 5 p.m.

Assisting in the investigation from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff Rodney Meyer, Captain Adam Gonzales, and Deputies Lee Liles and Steve Skinner.

Ms. Lyons had four adult children; Sheila K. Peterson, Ronnie Allen Lyons, Sharon Joanne Lyons and Thresa Irene Rubio; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A private service will be held.

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