A United States Border Patrol vehicle was completely destroyed when it was engulfed in flames on Saturday, July 6, 2019.
Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that the incident occurred in an area near the community of Quemado Texas at approximately 1:30 pm.
Sheriff Schmerber stated that a Border Patrol agent was out on patrol duty when the vehicle began emanating plumes of smoke from its engine compartment.
A fire was detected and quickly spread.
BP agents called in the fire and personnel from the Eagle Pass Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.
The federal government vehicle, however, did sustain heavy damages and was rendered a complete loss.
Luckily, the Border Patrol Agent did not suffer any injuries in the incident.
Sheriff Schmerber does ask the community to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained for this summer heat.
Make sure to keep your engine cool. Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically. Make sure fluids are at appropriate levels. Most engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components.
You are also asked to consult with your mechanic and assure that your vehicle is ready for the upcoming high Texas temperatures