PORT LAVACA – At least one person has been killed in a fire that started on a property owned by the Mayor of Port Lavaca when it broke out on Main Street in Port Lavaca. The fire started on the property and quickly spread to other nearby buildings. The Port Lavaca Fire Department and the Port Lavaca Police Department were the first to arrive on the scene of the fire, which had broken out at approximately 5:40 p.m. at the residence of Port Lavaca Mayor Jack Whitlow, which is located at 123 E. Main Street. Later on, the Point Comfort Volunteer Fire Department, the Seadrift Fire Department, and Calhoun County EMS joined the effort, along with the Formosa Plastics ladder truck. Additionally, the Formosa Plastics ladder truck responded.
At least one person has been reported to have lost their life. It has not been made public who the person is; however, it is believed to be a male who was staying at the apartment at the time when the incident occurred. In addition, the flames caused injuries to at least one of the dogs that lived in the neighborhood. The mayor was not home when the fire broke out in his residence; he was elsewhere at the time.
By the time it was 10:00 p.m., the fire was contained to the building in which it had originated. In neighboring buildings, there was evidence of damage caused by smoke and water. There is no way to establish a location for the origin of the fire. In order to get the investigation started, the state fire marshal is expected to arrive at the scene of the accident at approximately 12:30 in the morning.