Monday, August 24, 2015

Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire

A fire Saturday morning in the Cherry Street Trailer Park in Sallisaw left a family of five homeless.

Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said the first call came in at about 10:25 a.m. Saturday. The fire was in No. 9 at 300 N. Cherry, a mobile home leased by the Travis Carter family. Carter was at work, Armstrong said, and his wife and three children did escape the blaze. There were no injuries, Armstrong said, but the mobile home was a "complete loss."

Armstrong said fire was coming out both sides of the trailer when firefighters arrived, and the 14 firefighters who fought the fire had to lay a hose to a nearby fire hydrant to contain the blaze. The fire also damaged the family's car by melting headlight lenses and the plastic bumper. Firemen had to douse the mobile home next door when the blaze began melting that home's under pining.

Armstrong said the Red Cross was contacted to help the family with clothing and other necessities. He said the family told firemen they could stay with relatives. 

The family said they were leasing to buy the trailer and had no insurance.

Armstrong said he did not believe the fire was caused by lightning during a storm that hit the area early Saturday. He said the cause was still under investigation but the fire appeared to be accidental.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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