Fire department reacts to attorney’s accusations of negligence

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PALMVIEW, Texas – The city of Palmview Fire Department is responding to accusations of negligence following a deadly house fire near Mission.

On Wednesday attorney Chris Mayo accused Palmview firefighters of disregarding the 9-1-1 call. Reportedly passing it over to the Alton fire department and claiming the late response time, could’ve saved 11-year-old Versaidy Hernandez’s life. The  family’s attorney also tells Local 23 that Palmview Fire Department did not want to assist due to reimbursement issues. Palmview’s attorney says the call they received was only for assistance.

Eric Flores, City of Palmview Attorney, “Yesterday (August 14) an attorney by the name of Chris Mayo made several false, misleading and inaccurate statements in regards to the city of Palmview but most importantly about the quality of work of these fine gentlemen behind me.”

“The city of Palmview at no time during an emergency situation calculates or anticipates any sort of resources or reimbursements for their actions. There was no delay on behalf of the city of Palmview’s Fire Department. We did not receive an emergency call or a call for service. What we did receive was a mutual aid call from Alton Fire Department and our records will show we responded efficiently and sent all resources to aid Alton Fire Department in containing this call.”

Flores adds the family’s attorney has not contacted the city to request any documents.

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