Volunteer firefighter dies in line of duty following fire in Alvin, department says

Tributes were pouring in for an Alvin Volunteer Fire Department captain who died at his home, just hours after responding to a fire. KPRC 2's Bill Barajas spoke to friends and colleagues of the captain, who were honoring his memory.

ALVIN, Texas – A volunteer firefighter in the city of Alvin has died, officials reported Saturday.

According to the department, firefighter Charles D. Krampota was pronounced dead after he responded to a fire on Friday, Sept. 23, at a mobile home near Susie Lane in Alvin.

Officials with the volunteer department say when the team of firefighters arrived at the scene, they were able to extinguish the flames.

A few hours later, Krampota was said to have been found in his home deceased.

A news release sent out by the city said Krampota was an employee with Alvin ISD for more than 30 years and was a member of the volunteer fire department for more than 20 years.

Alvin ISD released the following statement regarding Krampota’s death:

“Long-time employee, Charles Krampota, was a valuable part of the Alvin ISD family. He served our community for over 37 years with a willing heart and an infectious smile. Charles was always willing to help anyone and was a very talented individual. It is a tremendous loss for our district.”

The Brazoria County Fire Marshal’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating his death.

EDITOR’S NOTE: “The state considers it a “Line of Duty” death if a firefighter dies of any time within 48 hours of a fire that they worked that doesn’t have specific causes, like a car accident five hours later or [dying after being] shot seven hours later,” officials with the department clarified Saturday evening.

About the Author:

Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.