Elderly man killed in house fire in La Vernia identified

Victim identified as Melvin Jandt, 76

LA VERNIA, TexasUpdated on Jan. 27:

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 76-year old Melvin Jandt.

Original Story:

An 76-year-old man was killed in a house fire Friday in La Vernia.

According to Guadalupe County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Patrick Pinder, a fire involving a two-story log cabin was reported around 1:49 p.m. in the 2000 block of Farm to Market Road 539.

When fire crews arrived, the cabin was fully engulfed in flames, Pinder said.

Due to the conditions of the house, fire crews were not able to conduct a rescue attempt, Pinder said. The victim was later found deceased inside the home. He has not been identified.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it’s not believed to be suspicious.

Wilson County ESD 1, Bexar County ESD 12, New Berlin VFD, and Guadalupe County Fire Rescue responded to the fire

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