Jasonville firefighters Russell Keller and Chief Harold Keller responded to Lewis' Township's call for assistance at a Coalmont fire Thursday afternoon.
By BETH CLARK
For The Times
COALMONT -- Mark Gaskin was on the back step of his mobile home Thursday afternoon when he heard his mother yelling. He looked over at the mobile home next to his and there was black smoke coming out of it.
"I could see the black smoke rolling out of the side," said Gaskin.
His parents, William and Oka Gaskin, both got out the trailer without injury.
Mark Gaskin called the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 12:46 p.m. William Gaskin was trying to put the fire out with a garden hose when firefighters arrived on the scene.
The trailers are located on Slab Road just outside of Coalmont.
Mark Gaskin feels the fire started around the water heater.
"The water heater is in the bedroom and that is where the smoke was coming from," said Gaskin.
His parents live in Hammond, Ind., but stayed in the trailer when they were down for a visit.
One of the firefighters located William Gaskin's Bible and gave him the charred remains.
"I have a bigger one at home but I liked to carry this one with me to church...I am relying on God," said William Gaskin.
Three departments responded to the call. Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Jasonville Volunteer Fire Department and the Hymera/ Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Departments.
"It was fully engulfed when we arrived so we began an exterior attack. Once we knocked it down we put on our packs and went inside," said Geri Husband of the Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The firefighters were able to get the flames out but the mobile home was a complete loss even though the roof was still intact. An investigation will be conducted into the cause of the fire. Husband noted that was standard procedure in the case of a structure fire. She was very appreciative of the additional help at the fire that the mutual aid provided.
"You can't beat the teamwork in this area. They knew we were strapped for personnel in the day and they responded," said Husband. She added that the departments in the area have "a good working and training relationship."