A volunteer firefighter for a small Texas city was found dead at home hours after fighting a mobile home fire.
“It is with a heavy heart we announce the Line of Duty death of Charles D. Krampota,” The Alvin Volunteer Fire Department stated in a release posted to its Facebook page. The statement noted he was a captain in the department.
Alvin, Texas, with a population of 26,474, is located about 25 miles southeast of Houston.
Captain Krampota, 60, responded to a structure fire off Susie Lane in Alvin, Friday. He and his fellow volunteer firefighters encountered a full-engaged mobile home fire when they arrived at the scene. No residents were in the home at the time. Firefighters were released several hours later, once the fire was extinguished and the scene cleared, according to the department’s statement.
Fire Marshals from the state and Brazoria County will investigate the cause of the fire and the volunteer firefighter’s death, according to the statement.
The captain had been a volunteer with the department for more than 20 years. Krampota was also employed by the Alvin Independent School District for more than 30 years, according to the statement. The district’s staff directory lists his occupation as a Maintenance Department supervisor.
“Charlie was an outstanding firefighter, and friend to so many,” Chief Rex Klesel said in a statement. “One of the most dependable and hardworking individuals I have even met.”
“He will be sorely missed.”
The school district noted his death in a statement.
“Long-time employee, Charles Krampota, was a valuable part of the Alvin ISD family,” the district stated. “He served our community for over 37 years with a willing heart and an infectious smile. Charles was always willing to help anyone and was a very talented individual. It is a tremendous loss for our district.”
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