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Trailer fire!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Although firefighters were able to quickly contain a Wednesday evening mobile home fire, officials believe the extensive smoke damage from a kitchen fire will make the trailer at 3470 East County Road 600 North a total loss. Members of Jackson Township, Van Buren Township and Center Point Township Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the mobile home fire. Officials confirmed resident Mindy Youngblood, who was home at the time of the fire, was shaken but uninjured during the incident. Pictured in front of the smoking trailer are (from left) JTVFD firefighter Tim Stearley, VBVFD Fire Chief Pete Taylor and JTVFD Fire Chief Troy Nichols discussing the fire investigation. Ivy Jackson Photo.

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Although the home was deemed a "total loss", we were able to recover boxes of family photos, jewelry, sentimental items, and some clothing. In some cases concerning mobile home fires, there normally is not much left. My heart goes out to the family for their loss. And my applause for all of the responding firefighters for their actions that saved even some of the families items.

Some words of advise for home owners. Invest in fire extinguishers (ABC rated) and smoke alarms. They are low cost items that can end up saving you hundreds of dollars.

Make your address easy to find. Use numbers that are at least 2 inches in height and visibly placed on the house or mailbox post. There is nothing worse than driving an emergency vehicle and trying to find the house numbers. The easier your house it to spot the faster we can help.

For more information on how to make your home more safe, contact your local fire department.

-- Posted by Tom Morton on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 7:24 AM

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