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The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website identified a man killed in a Monday Cleburne traffic accident as Maximiliano Reuben Lara, 32, of Whitney.

Although the accident remains under investigation, police said it appears that Lara failed to yield at a light while turning left and pulled in front of an oncoming tractor trailer.

Cleburne police and firefighters responded at about 6:30 p.m. to the intersection of North Main Street and Poindexter Avenue on reports of a two-vehicle collision.

Upon arrival, firefighters found Lara deceased in his pickup, which has sustained damage to the passenger side, according to reports. Lara was the only person in the truck.

The tractor trailer was half on, half off the road and had also collided with and broke a power pole, according to reports. The driver of the tractor trailer suffered no injuries and was not hospitalized. 

Rescue workers remained on hand until repair workers arrived to repair downed power lines. 

Cleburne fire calls

Cleburne firefighters responded to several grass and vehicle fire calls this month in addition to other calls.

Firefighters responded to reports of a brush fire at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of South Main Street. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a fire about 60 feet long by 20 feet long near railroad tracks. The fire was moving slowly across light vegetation. Firefighters used about 200 gallons of water in knocking the fire down. 

Firefighters responded to reports of a grass fire at 12:51 p.m. Sept. 9 in the 1200 block of Durham Lane where they found roughly an acre of recently mowed grass ablaze. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. Reports list no cause for the fire.

Firefighters responded to reports of a possible illegal burn at 7:03 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of South Walnut Street.

The homeowner showed firefighters the fire he had in his backyard and explained that he planned to cook a pig with coals. The homeowner said he would monitor the fire throughout the cooking process. Firefighters cleared the scene.

Cleburne firefighters responded to a vehicle fire call at 2:31 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Doty Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found a Saturn Vue fully involved in flames in a wooded ravine area off the road. Firefighters extinguished the fire after which a tow truck pulled the Saturn back on to the roadway. 

Reports list no cause for the fire but note that the driver of the vehicle had been talking to Cleburne police but left the scene before firefighters could talk to him.

Firefighters responded to reports of a possible vehicle fire at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Katherine P. Raines Drive. 

The smoke turned out to be from hot brakes on a tractor trailer. Firefighters took no action. Cleburne police remained on scene until repair workers arrived to fix the truck.

Firefighters responded at 3:43 p.m. Sept. 1 to the 700 block of Country Club Road to find a five gallon bucket of hydraulic fluid spilled in the roadway. The spill covered about 100 feet of roadway. Firefighters used four bags of absorbent material in cleaning the spill up.

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