Firefighters extinguish mobile home fire

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 20, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP —  The Shelby Township Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a mobile home fire with the fire fully engulfed in the back of the unit July 3.

At approximately 3:33 p.m., the Fire Department received a call that a mobile home on Lakeview Circle East in the Dequindre Estates Mobile Home Park, near Hamlin Road, had caught fire. Two adults were in the home at the time of the fire and had noticed smoke coming from the bedroom. The occupants exited the home and called 911.

John McCoy, the assistant fire chief for the Shelby Township Fire Department, said some surrounding structures, such as other mobile homes and sheds, started to be affected by the fire.

“Our first engine crew arrived to find a double-wide mobile home fully engulfed in the back bedroom area of the home. First crew began extinguishment of the mobile home and second arriving engine crew began protecting three surrounding mobile homes and sheds that were showing signs of both heat and fire damage. All three of the exposed mobile homes and sheds were saved, but all suffered minor damage. Crews completed extinguishment of the bedroom fire, along with a shed located just outside the bedroom that caught fire,” he said.

The shed and house all suffered severe smoke and fire damage, as well as an outside deck attached to the home.

He said all extinguishment of hot spots was completed in approximately 2 1/2 hours.

He estimated that the cost of the property loss is $40,000 and the contents loss is $20,000.

McCoy said there were no injuries to any occupants of the home or any firefighters. He said the cause of the fire is being investigated.

“The cause of the fire is being investigated by my Fire Prevention Division but does not appear to be suspicious (and unfortunately it is not insured),” he said.

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