By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
A Laguna Vista man died after his vehicle became engulfed in flames last Wednesday evening.
Laguna Vista Chief of Police Tony David confirmed Tuesday that the victim — the sole occupant of the vehicle — was 90-year-old Laguna Vista resident George Chambers.
Laguna Vista first responders were notified of the blaze after bystanders called 9-1-1 just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, David said during a phone interview Tuesday. Dispatching for Laguna Vista police and fire services are routed through Port Isabel police.
Laguna Vista police officers were the first on the scene, followed by the Town’s volunteer fire department, David said. “PD showed up first, responded to the scene. Got control of the scene with the Port Isabel Fire Department, the Port Isabel Police Department and the Constable’s Office,” David said.
The vehicle, a 2003 Buick Park Avenue, had come to a stop in the right-land lane of eastbound Highway 100. “The fire occurred in the eastbound lane of TX-100 between Stripes and Executive Inn in Laguna Vista,” David said.
There, firefighters found it had been completely engulfed in flames with Chambers still trapped inside.
Chambers was declared dead by Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa, III, David said.
David declined to comment on what may have sparked the fire, saying the case is still under investigation.
The chief expressed his thanks to the law enforcement agencies which assisted Laguna Vista in responding to the scene. “Thanks for Port Isabel PD, the fire department and the Constables Office,” David said.
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