Warren firefighters douse mobile home blaze

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published June 19, 2012


A fire that occurred the evening of June 17 in the Park Lane Mobile Home Court remained under investigation Monday morning as fire crews continued to determine the cause of the blaze.

At 9 p.m. Sunday, the Warren Fire Department dispatch received a call that a mobile home was ablaze in the 25000 block of Doncea in the mobile home park, located between 10 Mile and Frazho roads west of Ryan Road.

“Our crews arrived on the scene four minutes after that,” Fire Chief David Frederick said. “Engine 3 on Ryan was first on the scene. Engine 6 was the second engine. They brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes.”

Firefighters stayed on the scene for about three hours to ensure all the flames were extinguished and nothing would spark another fire. Warren police also were present.

“There is quite a bit of overhaul,” Frederick said. “There were a lot of contents in the trailer itself. The property was estimated at $10,000. It was a complete loss.”

Nobody in the mobile home park nor any firefighters were injured in the blaze, but a dog inside the burning trailer was found deceased in its cage.

Frederick said the homeowner believes the fire started in an electrical outlet, which an air conditioning window unit was plugged into.

“He tried to put the fire out before calling 911,” the fire chief said. “The fire investigators will go in and check. It appears to be accidental.”

It is unclear at this time how many occupants resided in the mobile home, but Frederick said firefighters gave a man a voucher to sleep in a hotel Sunday evening.

The two mobile homes on each side of the destroyed trailer also sustained damage, but the occupants were not displaced, according to fire officials.

“When the first unit arrived on the scene there was some outside damage to the two adjoining units,” Frederick said. “(The residents) were able to stay there.”

The Rev. Lonny Berg, who lives several mobile homes away, was alerted of the fire when he heard fire trucks pull into the mobile home park.

“I heard the fire engines coming through the driveway,” he said. “I stuck my head out the door and the trailer was ablaze. (The firefighters) did an excellent job of putting it out. All we could do was watch the fireman battle the blaze.”