Egg farm fire that killed firefighter ruled accidental
BOLING, Texas Investigators have determined a fire that killed a firefighter at the Maxim Egg Farm in Wharton County last weekend was accidental.
The announcement was made Saturday by officials with the Texas State Fire Marshalls, NRT, and ATF.
Our investigation revealed that the fire started in the northeast corner of the structure and was caused by resistance heating in a light fixture in a dry storage area, said Robert Elder, an assistant special agent in charge of the investigation.
Captain Thomas Araguz, a firefighter from the Wharton County Volunteer Fire Department, died inthe blaze.
Our thoughts go out to the family of Captain Araguz and the Wharton County Volunteer Fire Department for their losses, said Elder.
The fire was so large, 31 different fire departments responded to helpput it out. Two other firefighters with the volunteer fire department were injured while battling the flames.
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