Initial Survivor of Cane Field Fire Dies
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) _ The last of six illegal immigrants trapped in a fire in a sugar cane field has died of burns covering 90 percent of his body, authorities said Thursday.
Minutes after the field was set ablaze March 24 to help clear it for harvest, Edgar Isidro Rosas Lemus, 20, ran out screaming that he was on fire and that others were in the field.
Three men died at the scene. A man and a woman died at a hospital. Lemus was airlifted to another hospital in Dallas, where he died last Friday, authorities said.
Sheriff Larry Spence has said the six, including one woman, apparently had cleared a spot in the field to hide for the day. Lemus was a Guatemala national; at least several of the other victims were from Mexico.
The sheriff said he believes the people were either too scared or slept through the warning that sugar growers broadcast over a loudspeaker in both Spanish and English before the 40-acre field was set on fire.