Early morning fire torches mobile home

The St. George Fire Department responded to a structure fire that gutted a mobile home at 425 East 900 South in an early morning blaze, St. George, Utah, Jan. 18, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A fire reported at a mobile home park on 900 South in St. George Saturday morning gutted a trailer and may be total loss.

The St. George Fire Department responded to a structure fire that gutted a mobile home at 425 East 900 South in an early morning blaze, St. George, Utah, Jan. 18, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
The St. George Fire Department responded to a structure fire that gutted a mobile home at 425 East 900 South in an early morning blaze, St. George, Utah, Jan. 18, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The St. George Communications Center received a 911 call about a fire at the Grandview Mobile Home Park at 425 East 900 South around 6:30 a.m., St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said. Firemen were advised that the trailer housed a single occupant who was initially outside of the trailer, then went back in to try and put the fire out himself. He was again outside when the crews arrived.

“Our crew, when they left the station, could see the smoke from the fire,” Stoker said.

The fire crew initially dealt with the fire from the outside. Additional crews arrived on the scene as several neighboring trailer-homes near the fire were threatened. Once those structures were protected, firefighters went inside the trailer.

“The fire was fairly well involved throughout the interior, mainly in the kitchen and dining room area where we believe it originated,” Stoker said. The trailer was a single-wide with a living room addition, he said.

The majority of the fire was put out by 8 a.m., though fire crews continued to go through the trailer with the hose and water-down lingering hotspots in the walls and the attic. While the exterior of the trailer was still standing – with the exception of a gaping hole on its east side – Stoker said the interior was completely gutted. Due to the extensive damage caused by the blaze, Stoker said the trailer was likely a total loss.

Mobile homes tend to burn fairly rapidly due to their lightweight construction, Stoker said. “It doesn’t take much for these trailers to burn,” he said.

Neither the trailer’s occupant or firefighters were injured in the fire. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is currently under investigation.

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The St. George Fire Department responded to a structure fire that gutted a mobile home in an early-morning blaze, St. George, Utah, Jan. 18, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
The St. George Fire Department responded to a structure fire that gutted a mobile home at 425 East 900 South in an early morning blaze, St. George, Utah, Jan. 18, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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