A hearse caught fire in Bellmead on Tuesday afternoon, severely damaging the vehicle that was carrying two bodies at the time, Bellmead Fire Chief Billy Hlavenka said.

Fire crews were called to a convenience store in the 4300 block of Bellmead Drive at about 1 p.m. The man driving the hearse pulled over at the store when he began to experience car difficulties and noticed the vehicle was on fire when he got out to check on it, Hlavenka said.

"The driver did his due diligence and removed the two bodies that the hearse was carrying," he said. "Another vehicle came to pick up the bodies and took them to their destination."

The driver was traveling from Mexia to Waco when the hearse caught fire, Hlavenka said. The fire appeared to start in the back of the hearse on the passenger side, but it was unclear what started the fire, he said.

No injuries were reported, Hlavenka said.

"The back passenger side of the hearse is destroyed," he said. "We've never really had anything like this before."

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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