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Westmoreland man dies in fire

A Westmoreland County man was found burned to death in his car on Tuesday after fire consumed the trailer where he lived.

Firefighters were called to Pomona Road, off Longfield Road about four miles outside Colonial Beach at 9:22 a.m. for what was called in as a garage fire, said Colonial Beach Fire Chief David Robey.

When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed, as were two vehicles parked nearby.

Several propane tanks had ruptured and were sending flames 20 feet into the air, the chief said.

Firefighters also found an occupant of the trailer, dead in one of the cars.

It looked as if the vehicle had run into the trailer, Robey said.

The victim’s identity was not available on Tuesday afternoon.

State Police are investigating the incident.

The trailer didn’t contain an enclosed garage, but a structure that looked more like a lean-to or carport, Robey said.

“That was on the ground when we got there,” Robey said.

No one else was in the trailer.

The residence was in the Colonial Beach department’s first-due area, and Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department also responded. King George County and Montross sent tankers and the Navy base at Dahlgren sent a ladder truck.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425