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Trailer a total loss after fire

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Brazil City Fire Dept. firefighters battled a fire at the residence Mike and Melanie Smith, 1832 E. Jackson St., Wednesday afternoon. BCFD Fire Chief Jim Smith said the home was a total loss. Jason Moon Photo.
A fire destroyed a Brazil residence Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters with the Brazil City Fire Dept. were dispatched to the residence of Mike and Melanie Smith, 1832 E. Jackson St., at approximately noon Wednesday after a fire broke out in the family's trailer.

Upon arrival, BCFD Fire Chief Jim Smith said the trailer was completely engulfed in flames.

"That is typical for a trailer," Smith said. "It doesn't take long for them to develop."

Firefighters were on scene for approximately one hour battling the blaze.

Mike Smith was the only one at home when the fire began. He called in the fire.

The fire chief said they believed the fire was electrical and was possibly caused by heat tape that was wrapped around pipes.

Smith said the fire started by the home's water heater and then advanced into the trailer walls.

Brazil City Police Dept. Patrolman Henry Wallen said Mike Smith would not accept medical treatment.

"We asked him if he needed an ambulance and he said no," Wallen said.

"He's doing alright," the fire chief said. "There are no injuries."

Jim Smith said the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter had been notified of the blaze.

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My heart goes out to Mike and Melanie, they helped a lot of people over the years when they both worked for Athens Ambulance. I think Melanie might still work as an EMT. My prayers are with them.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 6:55 AM

I couldn't agree more. Mike and Melanie have worked for years helping the residents of Brazil and surrounding cities. For those who don't know they ran Search and Rescue for years without pay. You won't find a more giving couple. Hopefully the community will help them get back on there feet. God Bless them.

-- Posted by TT on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 7:40 AM

You can call any of these three numbers for drop off items. These are all family members.




Anyone willing to help financially can also call. There will be a savings account started in there name on Monday 2/4/08. Thanks to all who are willing and able to help. God Bless

-- Posted by TT on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 6:18 PM

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